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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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    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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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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  • 08.29.14

    Greater Expectations transcript

  • 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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GUTIERREZ, LUIS V, Democratic Party
Illinois

Total number of trips - 28
Total cost of trips - $73,466.42

Average cost per trip - $2,623.80
Total number of days spent traveling - 97 days
Rank of representative - 65 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Latino Institute
Dates - April 1, 2005 - April 3, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Summit with Latino Leaders on Higher Education
Notes - Chicago - Las Vegas, NV - Chicago

Travel Cost - $782.00
Lodging Cost - $597.00
Meal Cost - $89.90
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,468.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Chicago Board of Trade
Dates - March 18, 2005 - March 20, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Participate in "Washington Outlook Panel" during the Future Industry Associations Annual Conference
Notes - Member: DC - Ft Lauderdale - DC Spouse: Chicago - Ft Lauderdale - Chicago Including spouse

Travel Cost - $4,005.80
Lodging Cost - $2,327.56
Meal Cost - $747.16
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,080.52

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Service Employees & Industries Union
Dates - April 22, 2005 - April 25, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - Service Employees & Industries Union: "Dialogue of Puerto Rican Leaders on Social Issues"
Notes - Chicago - San Juan, Puerto Rico - Chicago Including spouse

Travel Cost - $777.40
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $777.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Chicago Board of Trade
Dates - March 19, 2004 - March 21, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Participation in Futures Industry Association Annual Conference - "Washington Outlook" participant
Notes - Member: Chicago - Ft Lauderdale - Chicago Spouse: Chicago - Ft Lauderdale - Chicago Including spouse

Travel Cost - $3,679.40
Lodging Cost - $1,542.26
Meal Cost - $643.04
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,864.70

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - NASDAQ
Dates - April 2, 2004 - April 4, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - NASDAQ Leadership Summit - participant
Notes - Member: Chicago - Miami - Chicago Including spouse

Travel Cost - $4,042.00
Lodging Cost - $945.00
Meal Cost - $1,062.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,049.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Council of La Raza
Dates - June 27, 2004 - June 29, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Phoenix, AZ

Purpose - Speaker at NCLR National Conference
Notes - Chicago - Phoenix - Chicago

Travel Cost - $372.20
Lodging Cost - $270.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $175.00
Total Cost - $817.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Assn of Latino Elected Officials
Dates - June 24, 2004 - June 25, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Washington, DC

Purpose - Speak on a panel at the National Association of Latino Elected Officials National Conference
Notes - Member: None Spouse: Chicago - Washington, DC - Chicago Including spouse

Travel Cost - $655.20
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $905.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Legacy Foundation
Dates - July 9, 2004 - July 12, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Tri Caucus Minority Health Summit - participant
Notes - Member: Chicago - Miami - Chicago Personal expense: 7/11 - 7/12 Including spouse

Travel Cost - $799.45
Lodging Cost - $376.62
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,176.07

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Project Interchange, American Jewish Committee
Dates - November 6, 2004 - November 12, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Amman, Jordan - Tel Aviv, Israel

Purpose - Educational seminars and meeting in Jordan and Israel
Notes - Chicago - Amman, Jordan - Tel Aviv, Israel - Chicago Including spouse

Travel Cost - $9,351.00
Lodging Cost - $1,135.00
Meal Cost - $420.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $10,906.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Dates - January 29, 2004 - February 2, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - Acapulco, Mexico

Purpose - Immigration forum and presentation
Notes - Chicago - Acapulco - Chicago

Travel Cost - $440.00
Lodging Cost - $390.00
Meal Cost - $105.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $935.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Council of La Raza
Dates - December 27, 2004 - December 30, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Guadalajara, Mexico

Purpose - Retreat of Hispanic Leaders - Encuentro
Notes - Member: Chicago - Guadalajara - Chicago Spouse: Chicago - Guadalajara - Chicago

Travel Cost - $373.00
Lodging Cost - $528.00
Meal Cost - $429.84
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,330.84

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Dates - January 16, 2003 - January 19, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Guadalajara, Mexico - Jalisco, Mexico

Purpose - Leadership Training
Notes - Chicago - Guadalajara - Jalisco - Guadalajara, Mexico - Chicago

Travel Cost - $385.00
Lodging Cost - $326.00
Meal Cost - $230.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $941.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Dates - January 22, 2003 - January 26, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Board Retreat
Notes - Chicago - San Juan, Puerto Rico - Chicago Including spouse

Travel Cost - $362.30
Lodging Cost - $1,004.00
Meal Cost - $838.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,204.30

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Attend bipartisan Congressional retreat.
Notes - Chicago - Greenbrier - Chicago. Greenbrier Including spouse

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,035.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $191.00
Total Cost - $1,226.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Latin American Working Group, Washington Office on Latin America
Dates - October 11, 2003 - October 13, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Ciudad Juarez, Mexico

Purpose - Fact finding mission regarding Ciudad Juarez murders
Notes - Member: Chicago - El Paso - Ciudad Juarez - El Paso - Chicago Child: Chicago - El Paso - Ciudad Juarez - El Paso - Chicago

Travel Cost - $1,101.99
Lodging Cost - $80.08
Meal Cost - $261.50
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,443.57

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - AFL-CIO Community Services Program
Dates - June 14, 2003 - June 14, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Houston, TX

Purpose - Speak at immigration rally
Notes - Chicago - Houston - Chicago

Travel Cost - $562.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $562.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Council of La Raza
Dates - December 27, 2003 - December 30, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Half Moon Bay, CA

Purpose - Hispanic leaders retreat - Encuentro
Notes - Chicago - Half Moon Bay, CA - Chicago Including spouse Personal expense: Airfare

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $525.00
Meal Cost - $1,076.00
Other Cost - $538.00
Total Cost - $2,139.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Sony, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Dates - October 23, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Puerto Rico

Purpose - Congressional Tri Caucus retreat
Notes - Chicago - Puerto Rico - Chicago Including spouse

Travel Cost - $824.80
Lodging Cost - $549.70
Meal Cost - $903.08
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,277.58

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspira
Dates - December 4, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - Aspira: Latino Education summit
Notes - Chicago - San Juan, Puerto Rico - Chicago Personal expenses: Travel - Airfare/Food

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $4,500.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,500.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Pennsylvania Statewide Latino Coalition
Dates - October 24, 2002 - October 24, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Philadelphia, PA

Purpose - Keynote speaker at our Leadership Luncheon
Notes - Washington, DC - Philadelphia - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $564.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $564.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chinese National Assn of Industry & Commerce
Dates - May 27, 2001 - June 2, 2001 (7 days)
Location(s) - Taipei, Taiwan

Purpose - Fact finding and educational visit to Taiwan
Notes - Chicago - Taipei, Taiwan - Chicago Including spouse

Travel Cost - $7,530.00
Lodging Cost - $700.00
Meal Cost - $370.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,600.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Council of La Raza
Dates - December 26, 2001 - December 31, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - San Antonio, TX

Purpose - Encuentro - Leadership Retreat
Notes - Chicago - San Antonio - Chicago Including spouse

Travel Cost - $1,400.00
Lodging Cost - $416.79
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,066.79

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Council of La Raza
Dates - December 26, 2000 - December 29, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Tampa, FL

Purpose - Hispanic Leaders Retreat - Encuentro
Notes - Chicago - Tampa, FL - Chicago Including spouse

Travel Cost - $1,542.00
Lodging Cost - $541.68
Meal Cost - $633.34
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,717.02

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Service Employees Int'l Union (SEIU)
Dates - April 26, 2001 - April 27, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Puerto Rico - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Participation in SEIU immigration rally and various events
Notes - DC - Los Angeles - Puerto Rico - DC

Travel Cost - $3,468.65
Lodging Cost - $200.00
Meal Cost - $40.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,708.65

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Assn of Latino Elected Officials
Dates - June 23, 2005 - June 25, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - Speaker at conference
Notes - Washington, DC - San Juan, PR - Chicago

Travel Cost - $366.20
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $500.00
Total Cost - $866.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Latino Institute
Dates - August 30, 2005 - August 30, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Newark, NJ

Purpose - Speak at a lecture regarding immigration issues
Notes - Chicago, IL - Newark, NJ - Chicago, IL

Travel Cost - $511.60
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $15.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $526.60

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Alliance Data Systems
Dates - June 21, 2003 - June 22, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Dallas, TX

Purpose - Speak on immigration
Notes - Chicago, IL - Dallas, TX - Chicago, IL

Travel Cost - $463.00
Lodging Cost - $433.98
Meal Cost - $25.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $921.98

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - State of Pennsylvania, Spanish Speaking Center, Governor's Commission on Latino Affairs
Dates - September 16, 2005 - September 17, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Harrisburg, PA

Purpose - Speak at State Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration
Notes - Chicago, IL - Harrisburg, PA - Chicago, IL [Amount amended up $100 on 11/4/05]

Travel Cost - $890.40
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $890.40

Additional family members - No

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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

  • 08.29.14

    Greater Expectations transcript

  • 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.