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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.

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

  • 08.29.14

    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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Congressional Hispanic Caucus - $25,170.83 spent on 22 trips
100.0% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
0.0% spent on Republican Party

ACEVEDO-VILA, ANIBAL - Democratic Party
February 21, 2001 - February 23, 2001 (3 days)
McAllen, TX - San Juan, Puerto Rico
Purpose - CHCI Board of Directors Retreat
Total Cost - $574.00

BECERRA, XAVIER - Democratic Party
April 19, 2002 - April 20, 2002 (2 days)
Leesburg, VA
Purpose - Congressional Tri-Caucus Retreat
Total Cost - $299.00

BECERRA, XAVIER - Democratic Party
April 20, 2002 - April 20, 2002 (1 days)
Leesburg, VA
Purpose - Tri-Caucus Retreat
Total Cost - $299.00

BECERRA, XAVIER - Democratic Party
January 22, 2003 - January 26, 2003 (5 days)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Purpose - Board Meeting Retreat
Total Cost - $1,444.90

HINOJOSA, RUBEN E - Democratic Party
May 19, 2000 - May 22, 2000 (4 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - CHCI Trip to New York
Total Cost - $1,230.17

MENENDEZ, ROBERT - Democratic Party
January 19, 2000 - January 23, 2000 (5 days)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Purpose - board meeting
Total Cost - $1,623.09

MENENDEZ, ROBERT - Democratic Party
February 21, 2001 - February 24, 2001 (4 days)
Newark, NJ
Purpose - CHCI Board Member
Total Cost - $639.00

NAPOLITANO, GRACE - Democratic Party
January 19, 2000 - January 23, 2000 (5 days)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Purpose - CHCI board member retreat and meeting
Total Cost - $2,538.98

NAPOLITANO, GRACE - Democratic Party
February 21, 2001 - February 25, 2001 (5 days)
Washington, DC
Purpose - Planning and organization
Total Cost - $722.82

NAPOLITANO, GRACE - Democratic Party
January 20, 2003 - January 26, 2003 (7 days)
Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
Purpose - Board of directors meeting
Total Cost - $1,706.80

ORTIZ, SOLOMON P - Democratic Party
January 19, 2000 - January 23, 2000 (5 days)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Purpose - Board of Directors retreat
Total Cost - $1,629.09

PASTOR, EDWARD L - Democratic Party
May 19, 2000 - May 22, 2000 (4 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Visit Wall Street; meet Citibank Corp. and other financial persons
Total Cost - $1,367.36

PASTOR, EDWARD L - Democratic Party
January 18, 2000 - January 20, 2000 (3 days)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Purpose - CHCI Board retreat and board meeting
Total Cost - $1,303.55

PASTOR, EDWARD L - Democratic Party
February 8, 2002 - February 10, 2002 (3 days)
Kingsmill, VA
Purpose - board retreat
Total Cost - $669.94

PASTOR, EDWARD L - Democratic Party
January 22, 2003 - January 25, 2003 (4 days)
Puerto Rico
Purpose - CHCI Board meeting and CHCI Board Retreat
Total Cost - $1,923.17

ROYBAL-ALLARD, LUCILLE - Democratic Party
May 19, 2000 - May 22, 2000 (4 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Fact-finding tour or Wall Street and visit with finance officers
Total Cost - $1,367.36

SANCHEZ, LORETTA - Democratic Party
February 21, 2001 - February 22, 2001 (2 days)
McAllen, TX
Purpose - meetings
Total Cost - $424.00

SOLIS, HILDA - Democratic Party
February 21, 2001 - February 22, 2001 (2 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - meetings
Total Cost - $395.50

SOLIS, HILDA - Democratic Party
January 22, 2003 - January 24, 2003 (3 days)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Purpose - Educational/Fact finding, Puerto Rico
Total Cost - $1,559.50

NAPOLITANO, GRACE - Democratic Party
March 30, 2005 - March 31, 2005 (2 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - Representing CHCI as Chairwoman and leading housing workshops for CHCI
Total Cost - $470.10

GUTIERREZ, LUIS V - Democratic Party
January 22, 2003 - January 26, 2003 (5 days)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Purpose - Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Board Retreat
Total Cost - $2,204.30

NAPOLITANO, GRACE - Democratic Party
October 3, 2005 - October 4, 2005 (2 days)
NY
Co-sponsor(s): Nielsen Media Research
Purpose - Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute panel discussion regarding programs with the University of NY system including 11 colleges and 6 community colleges. The Congresswoman represented the CHCI as Chair.
Total Cost - $779.20

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

  • 08.29.14

    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.