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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.

Recent Posts

  • 08.28.14

    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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a big change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.

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.

Recent Posts

  • 08.28.14

    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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a big change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.

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WYDEN, RONALD LEE, Democratic Party
Oregon

Total number of trips - 12
Total cost of trips - $21,890.58

Average cost per trip - $1,824.22
Total number of days spent traveling - 33 days
Rank of representative - 284 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - International Radio and Television Society Foundation
Dates - April 30, 2000 - May 1, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - speech to Internet Issues 2000 forum
Notes - Washington, DC - New York - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $266.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $266.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Assisted Living Federation
Dates - September 9, 2000 - September 11, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Seattle, WA

Purpose - speech to assisted living federation of America fall conference
Notes - Washington, DC - Seattle - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $2,233.00
Lodging Cost - $404.60
Meal Cost - $63.32
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,700.92

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Broadcasters
Dates - September 22, 2000 - September 24, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - speech to NAB congressional breakfast
Notes - Washington, DC - San Francisco - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $2,567.27
Lodging Cost - $1,254.50
Meal Cost - $41.08
Other Cost - $70.78
Total Cost - $3,933.63

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Dates - November 28, 2000 - November 28, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Atlanta, GA

Purpose - speech to American Israel public affairs committee Atlanta chapter annual dinner
Notes - Portland, OR - Atlanta - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $1,641.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,641.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Dates - December 12, 2000 - December 14, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - speeches to American Israel public affairs committee; Los Angeles and San Diego chapters
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,596.05
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $49.12
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,645.17

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Pacific Crest Securities
Dates - August 10, 2001 - August 13, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Vail, CO

Purpose - Participate in Pacific Crest Securities annual electronic technology conference
Notes - Adam Wyden

Travel Cost - $1,351.00
Lodging Cost - $1,347.95
Meal Cost - $52.36
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,751.31

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - US Chamber of Commerce
Dates - July 20, 2001 - July 21, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Leesburg, VA

Purpose - Participate in National Chamber Foundation Consumer Privacy conference
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $595.34
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $595.34

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - United Jewish Committees
Dates - August 8, 2002 - August 9, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Phoenix, AZ

Purpose - Speech to UJC young leadership cabinet retreat
Notes - Eugene, OR - Phoenix, AZ - Portland, OR

Travel Cost - $717.00
Lodging Cost - $140.50
Meal Cost - $11.42
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $868.92

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - United Jewish Committees
Dates - November 21, 2002 - November 23, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Philadelphia, PA

Purpose - speech to United Jewish Committee Annual Conference roundtable
Notes -

Travel Cost - $128.45
Lodging Cost - $212.00
Meal Cost - $77.81
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $418.26

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - United Jewish Communities
Dates - July 25, 2003 - July 26, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - Speech to United Jewish Communities Young Leadership Cabinet Retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $435.00
Lodging Cost - $114.28
Meal Cost - $47.05
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $596.33

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Tel Aviv University American Council
Dates - December 25, 2003 - December 30, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - Fact finding mission ot Israel
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,933.00
Lodging Cost - $865.00
Meal Cost - $325.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,123.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research
Dates - February 26, 2004 - February 27, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Stanford, CA

Purpose - Speech to SIEPR 2004 Economic Summit
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,229.10
Lodging Cost - $121.60
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,350.70

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.

Recent Posts

  • 08.28.14

    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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a big change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.