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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.

Recent Posts

  • 08.29.14

    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.
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    Questioning the Common Core tests

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Top 100 Trips By Cost


BLILEY, TOM - Republican Party
Sponsor(s): Brown & Williamson Tobacco

July 6, 2000 - July 10, 2000
Location(s): London, England

Purpose: Tour/speak to senior management of British American Tobacco: meet with CEO of British Trade International
Notes: Accompanied by wife Mary Virginia Bliley

Cost: $31,170.76


WEXLER, ROBERT - Democratic Party
Sponsor(s): Jewish Congress of Kazakhstan

May 26, 2002 - May 31, 2002
Location(s): Kazakhstan

Purpose: meeting with government officials, fact-finding
Notes: spouse Laurie Wexler accompanied.

Cost: $29,950.72


CHANDLER, BEN - Democratic Party
Sponsor(s): Australian Govt, American Australian Assn

November 3, 2004 - November 14, 2004
Location(s): Sydney, Australia - Melbourne, Australia - Cairns, Australia

Purpose: Meet with representatives of the Australian government and Australian civic and business organizations to discuss international relations
Notes: Lexington, KY - Sydney, Australia - Melbourne, Australia - Cairns, Australia - Sydney, Australia - Lexington, KY. [Personal financial disclosure statement also shows sponsor of American Australin Assn.]

Cost: $29,388.88


ROSS, MICHAEL A - Democratic Party
Sponsor(s): American Australian Assn, Australian Govt

November 6, 2004 - November 14, 2004
Location(s): Sydney, Australia

Purpose: To discuss issues of common interest between the two countries, including but not limited to the Australian Free Trade Agreement
Notes: Little Rock, AR - Sydney, Australia - Little Rock, AR

Cost: $28,236.12


DELAY, THOMAS DALE - Republican Party
Sponsor(s): National Center for Public Policy Research

May 25, 2000 - June 3, 2000
Location(s): Scotland - England

Purpose: educational
Notes: Accompanied by wife Christine DeLay. Location listed as Great Britain.

Cost: $28,106.00


DELAY, THOMAS DALE - Republican Party
Sponsor(s): Korea - United States Exchange Council

August 25, 2001 - August 28, 2001
Location(s): South Korea

Purpose: Educational / Meet with government officials
Notes: Spouse Christine DeLay accompanied. Other costs not specified.

Cost: $28,000.00


THOMAS, WILLIAM M - Republican Party
Sponsor(s): American Enterprise Institute, Vail Valley Foundation

June 24, 2005 - June 26, 2005
Location(s): Beaver Creek, CO

Purpose: To participate in panel discussions on Entitlements, Social Security, and Tax Reform
Notes: Dulles, VA - Beaver Creek, CO - Dulles, VA

Cost: $27,962.00


ROS-LEHTINEN, ILEANA - Republican Party
Sponsor(s): Korea - United States Exchange Council

August 25, 2001 - August 28, 2001
Location(s): Taipei, Taiwan - Seoul, South Korea

Purpose: educational and meetings with governmental officials
Notes: spouse, Dexter Lehtinen; under other expenses -- water, cabs, laundry

Cost: $27,960.00


WICKER, ROGER F - Republican Party
Sponsor(s): Korea-US Exchange Council, US Malaysia Exchange Assn

February 18, 2005 - February 28, 2005
Location(s): Seoul, South Korea - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Purpose: S.Korea: Meet w/Admin reps, Members of Parliament, Natl Security Advisor, & US Business to discuss US troop presence in Korea/N. Korea nuclear proliferation Malaysia:meet w/Prime Minister & other officials to learn more of the US business & counter-terror
Notes: Washington, DC - Seoul, South Korea - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Langkawi, Malaysia - Washington, DC

Cost: $27,757.98


CRENSHAW, ANDER M - Republican Party
Sponsor(s): Korea - United States Exchange Council

August 26, 2001 - August 28, 2001
Location(s): South Korea

Purpose: Educational / Meet with government officials
Notes: Spouse Katharine Crenshaw accompanied. Other costs not specified.

Cost: $27,640.00


KING, STEVEN A - Republican Party
Sponsor(s): American Australian Assn (AAA), Australian Govt

February 19, 2005 - February 27, 2005
Location(s): Sydney, Australia

Purpose: Fact finding mission for agriculture and trade
Notes: 2/19 DC - Sydney, Australia 2/20 / Sydney, Australia 2/27 - DC 2/27 *Transportation expenses were the only expenses covered by AAA

Cost: $25,852.70


FALEOMAVAEGA, ENI - Democratic Party
Sponsor(s): Better Hong Kong Foundation, Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association, Korea-US Exchange Council

February 14, 2003 - February 22, 2003
Location(s): Hong Kong - Taipei, Taiwan - Seoul, South Korea

Purpose: Increase knowledge of security, trade, political environments in region
Notes: Daughter Taualai Hunkin accompanied.

Cost: $25,483.86


COOPER, JAMES H S - Democratic Party
Sponsor(s): American Australian Assn

November 6, 2004 - November 14, 2004
Location(s): Sydney, Australia - Melbourne, Australia - Brisbane, Australia - Cairns, Australia

Purpose: Fact finding
Notes: Nashville - Los Angeles - Sydney - Melbourne - Brisbane - Cairns - Los Angeles - Nashville Including spouse

Cost: $25,441.56


MATHESON, JIM MR - Democratic Party
Sponsor(s): American Australian Assn

November 6, 2004 - November 14, 2004
Location(s): Sydney, Australia

Purpose: Airfare to Australia for trip paid for by the Australian Gov to build stronger ties across the Pacific following the passage of the Australia - US Trade Agreement
Notes: Salt Lake City - Sydney / Sydney - Salt Lake City Including spouse

Cost: $24,805.24


FALEOMAVAEGA, ENI - Democratic Party
Sponsor(s): Jewish Congress of Kazakhstan

July 31, 2004 - August 9, 2004
Location(s): Kazakhstan

Purpose: Enhance US - Kazakhstan relations. Discuss nuclear nonproliferation
Notes: DC - Kazakhstan - San Francisco - Apia

Cost: $24,373.70


THOMAS, WILLIAM M - Republican Party
Sponsor(s): Ripon Educational Fund

August 18, 2001 - August 24, 2001
Location(s): Edinburgh, Scotland

Purpose: speech and fact-finding
Notes: Spouse Sharon Thomas accompanied. Other costs are for Edinburgh Military tattoo and tradistional Scottish Athletic Highland Games.

Cost: $23,874.84


CLAYTON, EVA - Democratic Party
Sponsor(s): Botswana Confederation of Commerce, Industry & Manpower

April 9, 2001 - April 12, 2001
Location(s): Botswana

Purpose: Congressional fact-finding trip
Notes: Child Joanne Clayton accompanied

Cost: $22,174.18


KENNEDY, EDWARD MOORE - Democratic Party
Sponsor(s): L'Oreal

November 14, 2002 - November 19, 2002
Location(s): Paris, France

Purpose: Visit to the Louvre for the opening of the Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years
Notes:

Cost: $22,156.20


FALEOMAVAEGA, ENI - Democratic Party
Sponsor(s): Korea - United States Exchange Council

November 29, 2003 - December 2, 2003
Location(s): South Korea

Purpose: mark 50th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice agreement on the Korean peninsula. Will meet with senior official re Korea/United States relations. Visit American Troops at DMZ
Notes: with child Tema Hunkin

Cost: $22,098.84


CORNYN, JOHN - Republican Party
Sponsor(s): Hidalgo Chamber of Commerce - Borderfest Border Texan of the Year Committee

March 1, 2005 - March 2, 2005
Location(s): Hidalgo, TX

Purpose: Receive 2005 Border Texan of the Year Award and speech
Notes:

Cost: $22,000.00


JOHNSON, NANCY L - Republican Party
Sponsor(s): Aspen Institute

March 25, 2005 - April 3, 2005
Location(s): China

Purpose: To participate in a conference on US-China relations
Notes: Hartford, CT - China - Hartford, CT

Cost: $21,770.10


BEAUPREZ, ROBERT LOUIS - Republican Party
Sponsor(s): Jerusalem Summit, Michael Cherney Foundation

November 26, 2004 - December 3, 2004
Location(s): Tel Aviv, Israel - Sevilla, Spain - Madrid, Spain

Purpose: Participate in panel discussion on Israeli - Palestinian conflict. Deliver speech on tolerance
Notes: Denver - Newark - Tel Aviv - Madrid - Savilla - Madrid - Houston - Denver Personal expense 12/1 - 12/3 Including spouse

Cost: $21,226.70


ROHRABACHER, DANA - Republican Party
Sponsor(s): Institute of Strategic and International Studies Malaysia

January 11, 2002 - January 16, 2002
Location(s): Malaysia

Purpose: efforts on terrorism/trade
Notes: spouse Rhonda Rohrabacher

Cost: $21,000.00


SOUDER, MARK E - Republican Party
Sponsor(s): Singapore International Foundation, Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce

July 1, 2000 - July 10, 2000
Location(s): Singapore

Purpose: official visit to gov't leaders
Notes: travelled with son, Zachary Souder

Cost: $20,831.66


MCCRERY, JAMES OTIS III - Republican Party
Sponsor(s): Ripon Educational Fund

August 10, 2003 - August 15, 2003
Location(s): London, England

Purpose: fact-finding
Notes: Spouse - Johnette McCrery accompanied.

Cost: $20,809.00


VOINOVICH, GEORGE V - Republican Party
Sponsor(s): Aspen Institute

March 26, 2005 - April 2, 2005
Location(s): China

Purpose: To participate in a conference on US-China relations
Notes:

Cost: $20,798.10


TIERNEY, JOHN - Democratic Party
Sponsor(s): Aspen Institute

March 25, 2005 - April 3, 2005
Location(s): China

Purpose: To participate in a conference on US-China Relations
Notes: Boston, MA - China - Boston, MA Including spouse

Cost: $20,760.10


JEFFERSON, WILLIAM JENNINGS - Democratic Party
Sponsor(s): Botswana Confederation of Commerce, Industry & Manpower

April 6, 2001 - April 15, 2001
Location(s): Botswana

Purpose: CODEL investigating AGOA implementation; anti-AIDS initiatives and diamond industry in Botswana
Notes: Child Jelani Jefferson

Cost: $20,753.33


COLEMAN, NORM - Republican Party
Sponsor(s): Armenian Assembly of America, Cafesjian Family Foundation

May 31, 2005 - June 2, 2005
Location(s): Yerevan, Armenia

Purpose: To assess Armenian progress on their Millennium Challenge Account compact, Armenian foreign policy and trade opportunities with the United States, and an update on Peace Corps activities in Armenia
Notes: Including spouse

Cost: $20,752.73


LAHOOD, RAY - Republican Party
Sponsor(s): Aspen Institute

March 25, 2005 - April 3, 2005
Location(s): China

Purpose: To participate in a conference on US-China relations
Notes: Ray LaHood: Chicago - China - Chicago Kathy LaHood: Washington - China - Washington

Cost: $20,708.53


LEVIN, SANDER - Democratic Party
Sponsor(s): Aspen Institute

March 25, 2005 - April 3, 2005
Location(s): Shanghai, China - Beijing, China

Purpose: To participate in a conference on US-China Relations
Notes: Detroit, MI - Chicago, IL - Shanghai, China - Beijing, China - Washington, DC Including spouse

Cost: $20,439.00


ISRAEL, STEVE - Democratic Party
Sponsor(s): Confederation of Indian Industries

January 2, 2004 - January 10, 2004
Location(s): New Delhi, India - Hyderabad, India - Mumbai, India - Dhaka, India

Purpose: Delegation visit to India to meet with political and business leaders, discuss defense and financial policies
Notes: New York - Paris - New Delhi, India - Hyderabad, India - Mumbai, India - Dhaka, India - Paris - New York Including spouse

Cost: $20,270.26


WHITFIELD, ED - Republican Party
Sponsor(s): Islamic Free Institute, Qatar Chamber of Commerce & Industry

March 25, 2005 - March 31, 2005
Location(s): Doha, Qatar

Purpose: Attend fifth annual forum on Democracy and free trade in Doha, Qatar
Notes: Washington, DC - Doha, Qatar - Washington, DC Personal Expense: 3/25 - 3/28 Including spouse

Cost: $20,132.90


SNOWE, OLYMPIA J - Republican Party
Sponsor(s): American College of Greece

June 27, 2002 - July 2, 2002
Location(s): Athens, Greece

Purpose: To receive an honorary degree from the college
Notes:

Cost: $20,083.81


ROHRABACHER, DANA - Republican Party
Sponsor(s): Islamic Institute

March 21, 2005 - April 1, 2005
Location(s): Berlin, Germany - Qatar - Riga, Latvia

Purpose: Berlin Conference & Qatar Conference "Free Market & Democracy in the Islamic World"
Notes: LAX - Berlin - Riga - Berlin - Qatar - Berlin - LAX Personal Expense: 3/26 - 3/27 Including spouse (Berlin portion was Codel)

Cost: $19,969.14


PASTOR, EDWARD L - Democratic Party
Sponsor(s): Nuclear Energy Institute

May 24, 2003 - June 1, 2003
Location(s): Barcelona, Spain - Avignon, France - Paris, France

Purpose: visit: Vandello I & II & ERODIF Enrichment Facility
Notes: spouse, Verma Pastor, other-regional transportation

Cost: $19,872.00


MOORE, DENNIS - Democratic Party
Sponsor(s): U.S.-Asia Foundation

October 23, 2003 - October 28, 2003
Location(s): Beijing, China - Shijiazhuang, China - Xibaipo, China - Beijing, China

Purpose: Meet with Chinese officials, build a computer lab in Xibaipo
Notes: Accompanied by wife Stephene Moore

Cost: $19,805.55


RYAN, PAUL D - Republican Party
Sponsor(s): Islamic Free Market Institute Foundation

April 2, 2004 - April 9, 2004
Location(s): Qatar - Bahrain - United Arab Emirates

Purpose: conference
Notes: 4/6/04 to 4/9/04 at personal expense - with spouse Janna

Cost: $19,800.76


ROHRABACHER, DANA - Republican Party
Sponsor(s): Islamic Free Market Institute Foundation

April 11, 2003 - April 22, 2003
Location(s): Doha, Qatar - Vienna, Austria

Purpose: Attend conference with Codel
Notes: spouse, Rhonda Rohrabacher

Cost: $19,797.00


STUPAK, BART - Democratic Party
Sponsor(s): Nuclear Energy Institute

May 24, 2003 - June 1, 2003
Location(s): Barcelona, Spain - Paris, France

Purpose: Tour of Spanish and French nuclear facilities and discussions with industry officials
Notes: Washington, DC - Barcelona, Spain - Paris, France - Green Bay, WI Including spouse Personal Expenses: 5/30 - 6/1

Cost: $19,778.48


PASTOR, EDWARD L - Democratic Party
Sponsor(s): Nuclear Energy Institute

November 17, 2000 - November 22, 2000
Location(s): Paris, France - Normandy, France

Purpose: Meet French senators and congressmen about nuclear energy issues and visit nuclear facilities
Notes:

Cost: $19,685.00


LINDER, JOHN - Republican Party
Sponsor(s): Jerusalem Fund

January 10, 2004 - January 15, 2004
Location(s): Israel - Jordan

Purpose: To strengthen international understanding while practicing strategic partnerships & joint ventures. Defense Aerospace Homeland Security Mission of Peace
Notes: Including spouse

Cost: $19,650.00


HOBSON, DAVID LEE - Republican Party
Sponsor(s): Ripon Educational Fund

August 10, 2001 - August 20, 2001
Location(s): Edinburgh, Scotland

Purpose: 2001 Transatlantic Conference
Notes: Spouse Carolyn Hobson accompanied. Other expenses not specified.

Cost: $19,571.56


CRANE, PHILIP M - Republican Party
Sponsor(s): U.S.-ASEAN Business Council, Inc.

April 6, 2001 - April 15, 2001
Location(s): Singapore - Vietnam

Purpose: Fact finding
Notes: Spouse Arlene C Crane accompanied. Other costs not specified.

Cost: $19,562.00


JACKSON, JESSE JR - Democratic Party
Sponsor(s): Islamic Free Market Institute Foundation

April 5, 2001 - April 12, 2001
Location(s): Doha, Qatar - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Purpose: Fact-finding trip
Notes: Spouse Sandra S. Jackson

Cost: $19,500.00


ROBERTS, PAT - Republican Party
Sponsor(s): Ripon Educational Fund

August 10, 2003 - August 15, 2003
Location(s): London, England

Purpose: Cochair of conference and speaker
Notes: Spouse accompanied

Cost: $19,312.36


SHIMKUS, JOHN M - Republican Party
Sponsor(s): United States-Asia Foundation

October 23, 2003 - October 27, 2003
Location(s): Beijing, China

Purpose: Fact-finding trip and to build a one room computer school
Notes: Karen Shimkus spouse-other cost is amenities

Cost: $19,201.65


MCCRERY, JAMES OTIS III - Republican Party
Sponsor(s): Nuclear Energy Institute

June 30, 2001 - July 6, 2001
Location(s): Marseilles, France

Purpose: fact finding
Notes: Accompanied by spouse Johnette McCrery

Cost: $19,164.20


CLYBURN, JAMES E - Democratic Party
Sponsor(s): U.S. Asia Foundation

October 23, 2003 - October 27, 2003
Location(s): Shijiazhuang, China - Beijing, China

Purpose: Fact finding, build computer facilities
Notes: Child Mignon Clyburn accompanied, other costs are for amenities

Cost: $19,123.00


CRANE, PHILIP M - Republican Party
Sponsor(s): Ripon Society

November 6, 2004 - November 12, 2004
Location(s): Budapest, Hungary

Purpose: To discuss various international tax and trade issues with EU officials
Notes: Chicago, IL - Budapest, Hungary - Washington, DC

Cost: $19,043.49


CHAMBLISS, SAXBY - Republican Party
Sponsor(s): Nuclear Energy Institute

August 2, 2003 - August 8, 2003
Location(s): Italy

Purpose: Fact finding trip to the Ansaldo-Camozzi Nuclear and special Components Facility in Italy.
Notes:

Cost: $18,911.81


ROHRABACHER, DANA - Republican Party
Sponsor(s): Islamic Free Market Institute Foundation

March 22, 2002 - March 30, 2002
Location(s): London, England - Qatar

Purpose: second annual Qatari-American conference on free markets and democracy
Notes: spouse Rhonda Rohrabacher - March 22-24 at personal expense

Cost: $18,870.00


CARTER, JOHN - Republican Party
Sponsor(s): Korea - United States Exchange Council

November 28, 2003 - December 3, 2003
Location(s): Seoul, South Korea

Purpose: Familiarization trip to Korea, DMZ
Notes: spouse, Erika Carter - 11/30 - 12/3 on own expense

Cost: $18,832.00


SANCHEZ, LINDA - Democratic Party
Sponsor(s): Confederation of Indian Industry

January 2, 2004 - January 11, 2004
Location(s): Delhi, India - Agra, India - Hyderabad, India - Mumbai, India

Purpose: congressional delegation to India - fact finding trip
Notes: with spouse Mark Valentine - lodging covers meals

Cost: $18,800.30


BLUMENAUER, EARL - Democratic Party
Sponsor(s): Aspen Institute

March 25, 2005 - April 3, 2005
Location(s): Shanghai, China - Beijing, China

Purpose: To participate in a conference on US - China relations
Notes: Depart: Portland, OR to Shanghai, China (3-26) Return: Beijing, China to Portland, OR (4-3)

Cost: $18,788.10


LINDER, JOHN - Republican Party
Sponsor(s): Ripon Society

August 10, 2003 - August 15, 2003
Location(s): London, England

Purpose: Fact finding trip
Notes: Atlanta, GA - London, England - Atlanta, GA Including spouse

Cost: $18,785.02


THOMPSON, MIKE - Democratic Party
Sponsor(s): Aspen Institute

March 25, 2005 - April 3, 2005
Location(s): China

Purpose: To participate in a conference on US - China relations
Notes: San Francisco - China - San Francisco

Cost: $18,760.10


PASTOR, EDWARD L - Democratic Party
Sponsor(s): Nature Conservancy

May 28, 2005 - June 5, 2005
Location(s): Galapagos Islands - Quito, Ecuador

Purpose: The delegation visited sites designated to protect and preserve endangered biodiversity and met with Ecuadorian elected officials and representatives of local and international non-government organizations
Notes: DC - Miami, FL - Quito, Ecuador - Galapagos Islands - Quito, Ecuador - Miami, FL - DC Including spouse

Cost: $18,708.00


GORDON, BARTON JENNINGS - Democratic Party
Sponsor(s): Ripon Educational Fund

August 10, 2003 - August 15, 2003
Location(s): London, England

Purpose: Ripon Educational Fund Transatlantic Conference in London, England
Notes: Spouse Leslie Gordon accompanied

Cost: $18,683.00


CRANE, PHILIP M - Republican Party
Sponsor(s): Ripon Educational Fund

August 9, 2003 - August 15, 2003
Location(s): London, England

Purpose: As chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade, Congressman Crane participated in events focusing on the upcoming World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial in Cancun, Mexico
Notes: Spouse Arlene Crane accompanied

Cost: $18,650.40


KELLY, SUE W - Republican Party
Sponsor(s): Ripon Educational Fund

August 10, 2003 - August 15, 2003
Location(s): London, England

Purpose: To participate in 2003 Transatlantic Conference
Notes: Spouse Edward Kelly accompanied. Transportation costs are air plus ground.

Cost: $18,650.40


BERMAN, HOWARD L - Democratic Party
Sponsor(s): Aspen Institute

March 25, 2005 - April 3, 2005
Location(s): Shanghai, China - Beijing, China

Purpose: Attend & participate in conference
Notes: Los Angeles, CA - Shanghai, China - Beijing, China - Los Angeles, CA Including spouse

Cost: $18,638.10


BOEHNER, JOHN A - Republican Party
Sponsor(s): Nuclear Energy Institute

June 29, 2001 - July 6, 2001
Location(s): Paris, France - Avignon, France

Purpose: Tour European nuclear technologies sites - fact finding.
Notes: Spouse Deborah Boehner accompanied. Other costs are for ground transportation in France.

Cost: $18,564.20


SESSIONS, PETE - Republican Party
Sponsor(s): U.S.-Asia Foundation

May 24, 2002 - May 29, 2002
Location(s): China

Purpose: to facilitate mutual understanding and improved bilateral relations with China
Notes: spouse Juanita Sessions accompanied - other costs not specified.

Cost: $18,465.74


BURR, RICHARD M - Republican Party
Sponsor(s): Nuclear Energy Institute

June 29, 2001 - July 6, 2001
Location(s): Marseilles, France - Paris, France

Purpose: Tour French nuclear energy facilities
Notes: Spouse Brooke Burr accompanied. Transport costs include ground transportation in France.

Cost: $18,413.80


ISSA, DARRELL EDWARD - Republican Party
Sponsor(s): American Task Force for Lebanon (ATFL), Islamic Free Market Institute, Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry

March 25, 2005 - April 4, 2005
Location(s): Amman, Jordan - Beirut, Lebanon - Doha, Qatar

Purpose: Fact finding, attend annual forum on Democracy and free trade in Doha
Notes: Amman, Jordan - Beirut, Lebanon - Doha, Qatar - Washington, DC Personal expense: 3/31 - 4/4 Including spouse

Cost: $18,137.00


SENSENBRENNER, F JAMES JR - Republican Party
Sponsor(s): Islamic Free Market Institute Foundation

April 4, 2004 - April 9, 2004
Location(s): Doha, Qatar - Bahrain - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Purpose: speak at conference in Doha and investigate money laundering in the Middle East
Notes: with spouse Cheryl - other for taxi

Cost: $18,097.68


LATHAM, THOMAS P - Republican Party
Sponsor(s): Nuclear Energy Institute

August 2, 2003 - August 8, 2003
Location(s): Rome, Italy

Purpose: To meet with Energy Ministry, discuss post-Chernobyl nuclear policies, economic consequences of decreased nuclear generation in Italy. Toured geothermal facilities and discussed construction methods, new technologies and safety.
Notes: Spouse Kathy Latham accompanied.

Cost: $18,053.14


DOYLE, MIKE - Democratic Party
Sponsor(s): NEI

June 28, 2002 - July 4, 2002
Location(s): Spain

Purpose: fact finding
Notes: spouse Susan Doyle accompanied. Other costs are for escorts, interpreters, transfers and baggage handling.

Cost: $18,006.00


BARR, BOB - Republican Party
Sponsor(s): Islamic Free Market Institute Foundation

April 7, 2001 - April 17, 2001
Location(s): Doha, Qatar - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Purpose: Congressional fact-finding and speech
Notes: Spouse Jeri Barr, (appears to be part of larger trip 4/7/01 - 4/17/01)

Cost: $18,000.00


MARSHALL, JIM - Democratic Party
Sponsor(s): Confederation of Indian Industry

January 2, 2004 - January 11, 2004
Location(s): New Delhi, India - Agra, India - Hyderabad, India - Mumbai, India

Purpose: CODEL
Notes: [Amended to show spouse. ] spouse Camille Hope accompanied. Atlanta - New Delhi - Agra - Hyderabad - Bombay - Atlanta

Cost: $17,951.66


JOHNSON, NANCY L - Republican Party
Sponsor(s): Nature Conservancy

May 28, 2005 - June 5, 2005
Location(s): Quito, Ecuador - Galapagos Islands

Purpose: To learn about TNC's natural resource and biodiversity conservation work in Ecuador and to discuss with Ecuadorian government officials the effects of illegal immigration in CT
Notes: Hartford, CT - Quito, Ecuador - Galapagos Islands - Quito, Ecuador - Hartford, CT Including spouse

Cost: $17,900.00


DOGGETT, LLOYD A MR. - Democratic Party
Sponsor(s): Aspen Institute

March 24, 2005 - April 4, 2005
Location(s): Shanghai, China - Beijing, China

Purpose: To participate in a conference on US-China Relations
Notes: Austin, TX - Shanghai, China - Beijing, China - Washington, DC Dates of Personal Expense: 2 Including spouse

Cost: $17,846.04


ISTOOK, ERNEST J JR - Republican Party
Sponsor(s): Center for First Principles

August 14, 2003 - August 21, 2003
Location(s): Prague, Czech Republic - Vienna, Austria - Budapest, Hungary

Purpose: Educational - meetings with US Embassy and government officials in Europe.
Notes: Spouse Judy Istook accompanied.

Cost: $17,819.68


TIAHRT, TODD W - Republican Party
Sponsor(s): Center for First Principles

August 13, 2003 - August 21, 2003
Location(s): Prague, Czech Republic - Vienna, Austria - Budapest, Hungary

Purpose: to enhance relations between America and New Europe
Notes: with spouse Vicki

Cost: $17,819.44


KYL, JON L - Republican Party
Sponsor(s): Hans Seidel Foundation

July 3, 2002 - July 8, 2002
Location(s): Munich, Germany - Berlin, Germany

Purpose: Participate in conferences for Hanns Seidel Foundation and Aspen Institute
Notes: Indicates amounts are estimates. Amounts include expenses of Caryll Kyl.

Cost: $17,800.00


CHANDLER, BEN - Democratic Party
Sponsor(s): International Management and Development Institute

April 11, 2004 - April 18, 2004
Location(s): Moscow, Russia - Vienna, Austria - Budapest, Hungary

Purpose: met with Russian government officials and civic groups about the current economic conditions and investment climate and how it will affect our relations. Met with Slovakian government officials and banking interests regarding the transition to the market
Notes: spouse, Jennifer Chandler

Cost: $17,784.60


ETHERIDGE, BOB - Democratic Party
Sponsor(s): Japan Center for International Exchange

March 24, 2002 - March 30, 2002
Location(s): Tokyo, Japan

Purpose: educational
Notes: spouse Faye Etheridge

Cost: $17,764.83


MCDERMOTT, JAMES A - Democratic Party
Sponsor(s): Confederation of Indian Industry

January 6, 2001 - January 18, 2001
Location(s): Delhi, India - Hyderabad, India - Bangalore, India - Cochin, India

Purpose: Confederation of Indian Industries Partnership Summit
Notes: Spouse Therese Hansen accompanied. January 13 0 18 at personal expense

Cost: $17,735.09


BAYH, EVAN - Democratic Party
Sponsor(s): Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FICCI)

November 21, 2004 - November 28, 2004
Location(s): Delhi, India - Bangalore, India - Mumbai, India - Agra, India

Purpose: Educational & Fact-finding trip to India
Notes:

Cost: $17,692.48


MAJETTE, DENISE L - Democratic Party
Sponsor(s): Confederation of Indian Industry

January 5, 2004 - January 9, 2004
Location(s): New Delhi, India - Agra, India - Hyderabad, India - Mumbai, India

Purpose: Congressional delegation headed by Rep. Joe Crowley to explore U.S. political, economic and defense ties to India, address Kashmir crisis, bilateral trade. Meetings with various ministers, including defense government officials and USAID project sites
Notes: spouse Rogers Mitchell accompanied

Cost: $17,655.78


WHITFIELD, ED - Republican Party
Sponsor(s): Islamic Free Market Institute Foundation, Qatar Chamber of Commerce

March 24, 2002 - April 1, 2002
Location(s): London, England - Doha, Qatar - Rome, Italy

Purpose: conference on trade and Christian/Muslim dialogue. Participated in discussion about impact of WTO on domestic commerce.
Notes: spouse Constance Harriman accompanied. March 28-April 1 at personal expense.

Cost: $17,643.02


BIDEN, JOSEPH R JR - Democratic Party
Sponsor(s): Forstmann Little & Co

September 30, 2004 - October 3, 2004
Location(s): Aspen, CO

Purpose: Discussion on "America and the World"
Notes:

Cost: $17,554.98


DOOLEY, CALVIN M - Democratic Party
Sponsor(s): U.S.-New Zealand Council

January 10, 2003 - January 19, 2003
Location(s): Auckland, New Zealand - Wellington, New Zealand - Christchurch, New Zealand - Queenstown, New Zealand

Purpose: To gain better understanding of NZ culture and history
Notes: Spouse Linda Dooley accompanied. Other costs are for in country transport ie air shuttles and train fares.

Cost: $17,523.00


BERKLEY, SHELLEY - Democratic Party
Sponsor(s): Confederation of Indian Industry

January 5, 2002 - January 12, 2002
Location(s): India

Purpose: educational mission
Notes: spouse Lawrence Lehrner -- lodging includes meals

Cost: $17,507.64


RILEY, BOB - Republican Party
Sponsor(s): Vision Technologies

August 4, 2000 - August 9, 2000
Location(s): Singapore

Purpose: To discuss economic development and trade issues
Notes: Spouse Patsy Riley accompanied

Cost: $17,402.00


DICKS, NORM D - Democratic Party
Sponsor(s): Aspen Institute

March 25, 2005 - April 3, 2005
Location(s): China

Purpose: Conference on US- China Relations
Notes: Seattle, WA - China - Seattle, WA Traveled with child

Cost: $17,382.10


GREEN, RAYMOND E. 'GENE' - Democratic Party
Sponsor(s): International Management and Development Institute

February 19, 2002 - February 24, 2002
Location(s): Berlin, Germany - Liechtenstein

Purpose: U.S.-German roundtable for the 21st Century conference
Notes: spouse Helen Green accompanied.

Cost: $17,299.50


ENGLISH, PHILIP S - Republican Party
Sponsor(s): International Management and Development Institute

February 17, 2002 - February 24, 2002
Location(s): Berlin, Germany - Liechtenstein

Purpose: US-German Roundtable for the 21st Century conference
Notes: spouse Chris English accompanied. 2 days at personal expense. Other costs not specified.

Cost: $17,268.51


MEEKS, GREGORY W - Democratic Party
Sponsor(s): SAI Women International

January 2, 2004 - January 13, 2004
Location(s): Mumbai, India

Purpose: fact finding
Notes: child Ebony Meeks accompanied

Cost: $17,194.39


BAIRD, BRIAN - Democratic Party
Sponsor(s): Japan Center for International Exchange

December 13, 2003 - December 20, 2003
Location(s): Tokyo, Japan - Kyoto, Japan

Purpose: International Exchange with Japanese Political, business, and social leaders
Notes: Spouse - Rachel Nugent

Cost: $16,936.96


PRICE, DAVID E - Democratic Party
Sponsor(s): Aspen Institute

March 29, 2002 - April 7, 2002
Location(s): China

Purpose: Fact-finding
Notes: accompanied by spouse Lisa Price

Cost: $16,909.16


BURR, RICHARD M - Republican Party
Sponsor(s): Nuclear Energy Institute

June 30, 2002 - July 6, 2002
Location(s): Barcelona, Spain - Seville, Spain

Purpose: fact-finding and tour of European nuclear facilities
Notes: spouse Brooke Burr -- July 5-6 at personal expense

Cost: $16,907.30


CROWLEY, JOSEPH - Democratic Party
Sponsor(s): Confederation of Indian Industry

January 4, 2002 - January 11, 2002
Location(s): New Delhi, India - Bangalore, India - New Delhi, India

Purpose: education visit to meet with business and government officials, speech to CII in Bangalore, India
Notes: spouse Kasey Nilson Crowley

Cost: $16,873.28


LOWEY, NITA M - Democratic Party
Sponsor(s): Aspen Institute

March 19, 2005 - April 4, 2005
Location(s): China

Purpose: To participate in a conference on US-China Relations
Notes: Personal expense 3/19/05 - 3/24/05 and 4/3/05 to 4/4/05 [Amended to show more personal days]

Cost: $16,824.10


CLYBURN, JAMES E - Democratic Party
Sponsor(s): British Nuclear Fuels, Ltd.

May 27, 2001 - June 1, 2001
Location(s): Manchester, England - Edinburgh, Scotland - New Orleans, LA

Purpose: Tour British Nuclear facilities
Notes: Spouse Emily E England accompanied

Cost: $16,820.00


BOEHNER, JOHN A - Republican Party
Sponsor(s): Nuclear Energy Institute

June 28, 2002 - July 6, 2002
Location(s): Barcelona, Spain - Seville, Spain

Purpose: fact-finding trip and tour of European nuclear technology sites
Notes: 2 days at personal expense: July 5-6 -- other includes guides, escorts and interpreters -- spouse Deborah Boehner

Cost: $16,813.30


DOGGETT, LLOYD A MR. - Democratic Party
Sponsor(s): Aspen Institute

March 29, 2002 - April 7, 2002
Location(s): China

Purpose: to participate in a conference on U.S.-China relations
Notes: spouse Libby Doggett

Cost: $16,800.00


DOOLITTLE, JOHN T - Republican Party
Sponsor(s): American Israel Education Foundation

August 21, 2005 - August 28, 2005
Location(s): Israel

Purpose: Education mission
Notes: Dulles - Israel - Dulles

Cost: $16,788.64


KUHL, JOHN R JR - Republican Party
Sponsor(s): American Israel Education Foundation

August 21, 2005 - August 28, 2005
Location(s): Israel

Purpose: Education mission
Notes: NY - Israel - NY

Cost: $16,757.64

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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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