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Greater Expectations

The United States is in the midst of a huge education reform. The Common Core State Standards are a new set of expectations for what students should learn each year in school. The standards have been adopted by most states, though there's plenty of controversy about them among activists and politicians. Most teachers, however, actually like the standards. This American RadioWorks documentary takes listeners into classrooms to explore how the standards are changing teaching and learning. Teachers say Common Core has the potential to help kids who are behind, as well as those who are ahead. But many teachers have big concerns about the Common Core tests. The new, tougher tests are meant to let the nation know how kids are really doing in school -- but bad scores could get teachers and principals fired.

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Students in Kentucky taking a Common Core math test. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

Greater Expectations

The United States is in the midst of a huge education reform. The Common Core State Standards are a new set of expectations for what students should learn each year in school. The standards have been adopted by most states, though there's plenty of controversy about them among activists and politicians. Most teachers, however, actually like the standards. This American RadioWorks documentary takes listeners into classrooms to explore how the standards are changing teaching and learning. Teachers say Common Core has the potential to help kids who are behind, as well as those who are ahead. But many teachers have big concerns about the Common Core tests. The new, tougher tests are meant to let the nation know how kids are really doing in school -- but bad scores could get teachers and principals fired.

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WELLSTONE, PAUL DAVID, Democratic Party
Minnesota

Total number of trips - 15
Total cost of trips - $21,562.58

Average cost per trip - $1,437.51
Total number of days spent traveling - 27 days
Rank of representative - 287 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - University of North Carolina School of Law
Dates - March 24, 2000 - March 26, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Raleigh, NC

Purpose - speaking engagement
Notes - Wife Sheila accompanied. Washington, DC - Raleigh/Durham, NC - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $592.00
Lodging Cost - $650.00
Meal Cost - $117.39
Other Cost - $50.25
Total Cost - $1,409.64

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
Dates - May 30, 2000 - June 1, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - speaking engagement
Notes - Wife Sheila accompanied. Minneapolis, MN - New Orleans, LA

Travel Cost - $1,333.50
Lodging Cost - $327.90
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,661.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Mike Moskoff Madison Community Health Center
Dates - May 12, 2000 - May 13, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Madison, WI

Purpose - speaking engagement
Notes - Washington, DC - Chicago - Madison, WI - Minneapolis

Travel Cost - $1,296.00
Lodging Cost - $165.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,461.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - SEIU AFL-CIO
Dates - May 20, 2000 - May 20, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Pittsburgh, PA

Purpose - speaking engagement
Notes - one-way flight. Washington, DC - Pittsburgh

Travel Cost - $331.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $331.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - SEIU AFL-CIO
Dates - September 29, 2000 - September 30, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Other expenses were for a cab.

Travel Cost - $2,180.00
Lodging Cost - $434.89
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $69.00
Total Cost - $2,683.89

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Farmers Union
Dates - February 26, 2000 - February 27, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Salt Lake City, UT

Purpose - speaking engagement
Notes - Minneapolis, MN - Salt Lake City, UT - Minneapolis, MN

Travel Cost - $1,275.00
Lodging Cost - $127.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,402.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Columbia University
Dates - March 31, 2000 - April 1, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - speaking engagement
Notes - Mrs. Wellstone accompanied

Travel Cost - $1,672.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,672.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Common Cause
Dates - July 31, 2000 - July 31, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Philadelphia, PA

Purpose - Speaking engagement at Shadow convention 2000
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,111.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,111.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - United Steelworkers of America
Dates - August 7, 2000 - August 8, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Mrs. Wellstone accompanied

Travel Cost - $1,153.00
Lodging Cost - $152.60
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,305.60

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for Latin America Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Dates - April 16, 2001 - April 17, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - speaking engagement
Notes - Mrs. Wellstone accompanied

Travel Cost - $2,532.00
Lodging Cost - $255.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,787.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Dates - May 1, 2001 - May 2, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - speaking engagement
Notes - Mrs. Wellstone accompanied

Travel Cost - $945.55
Lodging Cost - $279.46
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,225.01

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Jewish Democratic Council
Dates - June 25, 2001 - June 25, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Cleveland, OH

Purpose - speaking engagement
Notes - Mrs. Wellstone accompanied

Travel Cost - $1,579.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,579.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Random House Inc.
Dates - July 16, 2001 - July 16, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Interview, speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,373.01
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,373.01

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Random House Inc.
Dates - July 25, 2001 - July 26, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Interview, speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $817.78
Lodging Cost - $169.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $986.78

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Citizen Action, Illinois, 28 East Jackson Blvd., Suite 605, Chicago Il 60604
Dates - August 28, 2001 - August 28, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $574.25
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $574.25

Additional family members - No

American RadioWorks | Hearing is Seeing
Students in Kentucky taking a Common Core math test. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

Greater Expectations

The United States is in the midst of a huge education reform. The Common Core State Standards are a new set of expectations for what students should learn each year in school. The standards have been adopted by most states, though there's plenty of controversy about them among activists and politicians. Most teachers, however, actually like the standards. This American RadioWorks documentary takes listeners into classrooms to explore how the standards are changing teaching and learning. Teachers say Common Core has the potential to help kids who are behind, as well as those who are ahead. But many teachers have big concerns about the Common Core tests. The new, tougher tests are meant to let the nation know how kids are really doing in school -- but bad scores could get teachers and principals fired.

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    Greater Expectations transcript

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    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

    New York teacher Kevin Glynn was once a big fan of the Common Core, but he says the standardized testing that's come along with it is reducing students to test scores and narrowing what gets taught in schools.
  • 08.28.14

    Are you smarter than a Common Core student? Try a Common Core test

    New Common Core tests are supposed to measure students' ability to think critically, analyze information, and cite evidence as well as test their conceptual understanding of mathematics and their ability to apply math to the real world. See how you'd do on a Common Core test.
  • 08.28.14

    Questioning the Common Core tests

    In the United States, education standards come with tests. Most students haven't been tested on the Common Core yet. But in one state where they have, the controversy is so intense that it's threatening to bring down the Common Core altogether.