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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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  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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.

American RadioWorks |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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.

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CARPER, THOMAS R, Democratic Party
Delaware

Total number of trips - 19
Total cost of trips - $21,906.96

Average cost per trip - $1,153.00
Total number of days spent traveling - 36 days
Rank of representative - 283 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Department of Energy
Dates - January 9, 2002 - January 9, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - examine Yucca Mountains. Philadelphia - Las Vegas
Notes -

Travel Cost - $206.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $40.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $246.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Edison Electric Institute
Dates - January 9, 2002 - January 10, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Speaking engagement for Edison Electric Institute conference, attend Brookings Institute conference. Philadelphia - Las Vegas
Notes -

Travel Cost - $215.50
Lodging Cost - $436.31
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $651.81

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - September 12, 2003 - September 13, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Mackinac Island, MI

Purpose - DLC rescheduled spring meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,195.95
Lodging Cost - $283.82
Meal Cost - $124.86
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,604.63

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Bar Association
Dates - October 3, 2003 - October 3, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Speaking at National Class Action continuing legal education workshop.
Notes - Other expenses not specified

Travel Cost - $300.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $120.00
Total Cost - $420.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Business Government Relations Council
Dates - October 17, 2003 - October 18, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - spoke on panel regarding class action reform, with a number of members of congress
Notes - at Greenbrier Resort

Travel Cost - $743.50
Lodging Cost - $743.10
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,486.60

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democrat Leadership Council
Dates - December 11, 2003 - December 11, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - participate in national stakeholders meetings to discuss policy/message strategy for the coming year.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $333.01
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $59.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $392.01

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
Dates - January 3, 2004 - January 4, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Detroit, MI

Purpose - Fact finding meeting in Detroit, MI
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,340.40
Lodging Cost - $214.39
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,554.79

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Securities Industry Association
Dates - March 18, 2004 - March 18, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Meeting with high level executives of financial services companies, arranged by SIA.
Notes - A portion of the travel expense includes 1/3 the cost of a shared private car used for transportation in NYC.

Travel Cost - $372.36
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $40.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $412.36

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - March 26, 2004 - March 27, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Amelia Island, FL

Purpose - DLC Spring Retreat, Sen. Carper was a speaker at a breakfast panel on 3/27.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,145.50
Lodging Cost - $348.00
Meal Cost - $169.48
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,662.98

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Railway Supply Institute
Dates - April 14, 2004 - April 15, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Jacksonville, FL

Purpose - Addressed the 2004 RSI Spring Legislative Conference.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,681.05
Lodging Cost - $201.65
Meal Cost - $88.34
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,971.04

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - July 28, 2003 - July 28, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Philadelphia, PA

Purpose - Participation in panel discussion.
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure form so costs not listed. Costs are for car service from Wilmington, DE to Philadelphia, PA.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Business Govt Relations Council
Dates - October 15, 2004 - October 17, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Annual Meeting, Senator Carper addressed attendees regarding issues facing Congress,
Notes -

Travel Cost - $216.40
Lodging Cost - $1,924.70
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,141.10

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - March 25, 2005 - March 31, 2005 (7 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - Education Mission
Notes - NOTE: Christopher Carper traveled with Senator Carper at the expense of Senator Carper. Other Expenses include security costs while traveling.

Travel Cost - $4,160.65
Lodging Cost - $1,431.40
Meal Cost - $291.48
Other Cost - $2,574.79
Total Cost - $8,458.32

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - April 29, 2005 - April 30, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Senator Carper participated as a featured speaker at the Democratic Leadership Council Spring Retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $29.04
Lodging Cost - $283.37
Meal Cost - $120.72
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $433.13

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Jobs for America's Graduates
Dates - May 25, 2004 - May 25, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Phoenix, AZ

Purpose - Dinner at JAG board meeting
Notes - This information is from a Senate personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Jobs for America's Graduates
Dates - October 15, 2004 - October 15, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Alexandria, VA

Purpose - JAG board meeting
Notes - Wilmington, DE - Washington, DC - Wilmington, DE This information is from a Senate personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Jobs for America's Graduates
Dates - December 8, 2004 - December 9, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Washington, DC

Purpose - Annual JAG leadership event
Notes - This information is from a Senate personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - July 24, 2005 - July 25, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Columbus, OH

Purpose - National Conversation - Senator Carper addressed the gathering of elected officials from across the country
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $103.46
Meal Cost - $118.23
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $221.69

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Jobs for America's Graduates
Dates - July 28, 2005 - July 28, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Alexandria, VA

Purpose - Senator Carper spoke at JAG's National Training Seminar
Notes -

Travel Cost - $250.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $250.00

Additional family members - No

American RadioWorks |
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

  • 09.02.14

    Teachers embrace the Common Core

    Teachers in Reno, Nevada, were skeptical of the Common Core at first. But they have embraced the new standards as a way to bring better education to students who are struggling in school -- and to kids who are ahead.
  • 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.