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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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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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Office of

Luis Gutierrez


Total cost of 36 office trips: $94,081.52


Trips by Luis Gutierrez
Total cost of congressperson's 28 trips: $72,898.03

Destination: TAMPA, FL
Sponsor: National Council of La Raza
Purpose: HISPANIC LEADERS RETREAT-ENCUENTRO
Date: Dec 26, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,717.02
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES-PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN SEIU IMMIGRATION RALLY AND VARIOUS EVENTS
Date: Apr 26, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $3,708.65
source

Destination: TAIPEI, TAIWAN
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: FACT FINDING AND EDUCATIONAL VISIT TO TAIWAN
Date: May 27, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $8,600.00
source

Destination: SAN ANTONIO
Sponsor: National Council of La Raza
Purpose: ENCUENTRO-LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Date: Dec 26, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $2,066.79
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA
Sponsor: PENNSYLVANIA STATEWIDE LATINO COALITION
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT OUR LEADERSHIP LUNCHEON
Date: Oct 24, 2002
Expense: $564.00
source

Destination: GUADALAJARA-JALISCO
Sponsor: ILLINOIS HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Purpose: LEADERSHIP TRAINING
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $941.00
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL HISPANIC CAUCUS INSTITUTE BOARD RETREAT
Date: Jan 22, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $2,204.30
source

Destination: GREENBRIER
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: ATTEND BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,226.00
source

Destination: HOUSTON
Sponsor: AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor - Council of Industrial Organizations)
Purpose: SPEAK AT IMMIGRATION RALLY
Date: Jun 14, 2003
Expense: $562.50
source

Destination: DALLAS
Sponsor: Alliance Data Systems
Purpose: SPEAK ON IMMIGRATION
Date: Jun 21, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $921.98
source

Destination: EL PASO-CIUDAD JUAREZ
Sponsor: LATIN AMERICAN WORKING GROUP-WASHINGTON OFFICE OF LATIN AMERICA
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION REGARDING CIUDAD JUAREZ MURDERS
Date: Oct 11, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,453.58
source

Destination: PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: SONY AND THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS FOUNDATION
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL TRI CAUCUS RETREAT
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,277.58
source

Destination: SAN JUAN PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Aspira
Purpose: ASPIRA: LATINO EDUCATION SUMMIT
Date: Dec 4, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $4,500.00
source

Destination: HALF MOON BAY, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: National Council of La Raza
Purpose: HISPANIC LEADERS RETREAT-ENCUENTRO
Date: Dec 27, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,601.00
source

Destination: ACAPULCO
Sponsor: ILLINOIS HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Purpose: IMMIGRATION FORUM AND PRESENTATION
Date: Jan 29, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $935.00
source

Destination: FT LAUDERDALE
Sponsor: CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE/CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN FUTURES INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE-"WASHINGTON OUTLOOK" PARTICIPANT
Date: Mar 19, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $5,864.70
source

Destination: MIAMI
Sponsor: NASDAQ
Purpose: NASDAQ LEADERSHIP SUMMIT-PARTICIPANT
Date: Apr 2, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $6,049.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: National Association of Latino Elected Officials and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAK ON A PANEL AT THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LATINO ELECTED OFFICIALS NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 24, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $905.20
source

Destination: PHOENIX
Sponsor: National Council of La Raza
Purpose: SPEAKER AT NCLR NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 27, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $817.20
source

Destination: MIAMI
Sponsor: American Legacy Foundation
Purpose: TRI CAUCUS MINORITY HEALTH SUMMIT-PARTICIPANT
Date: Jul 9, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,176.07
source

Destination: AMMAN, JORDAN-TEL AVIV, ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Jewish Committee
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL SEMINARS AND MEETING IN JORDAN AND ISRAEL
Date: Nov 6, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $10,906.00
source

Destination: GUADALAJARA
Sponsor: National Council of La Raza
Purpose: RETREAT OF HISPANIC LEADERS-ENCUENTRO
Date: Dec 27, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,330.84
source

Destination: TABASCO
Sponsor: ILLINOIS HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Purpose: IMMIGRATION FORUM AND PRESENTATION
Date: Jan 31, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $850.00
source

Destination: FT. LAUDERDALE
Sponsor: CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE/CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN "WASHINGTON OUTLOOK PANEL" DURING THE FUTURE INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 18, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $7,080.52
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: LATINO INSTITUTE
Purpose: SUMMIT WITH LATINO LEADERS ON HIGHER EDUCATION
Date: Apr 1, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,468.90
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Purpose: SERVICE EMPLOYEES AND INDUSTRIES UNION: "DIALOGUE OF PUERTO RICAN LEADERS ON SOCIAL ISSUES"
Date: Apr 22, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $777.40
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-SAN JUAN, PR-CHICAGO
Sponsor: National Association of Latino Elected Officials and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAKER AT CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 23, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $866.20
source

Destination: NEWARK, NJ
Sponsor: LATINO INSTITUTE
Purpose: SPEAK AT A LECTURE, REGARDING IMMIGRATION ISSUES
Date: Aug 30, 2005
Expense: $526.60
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Luis Gutierrez

Susan Collins
Enrique Fernandez-Toledo
Jennice Fuentes
Joan Kato
Kellie Larkin
Annie Toro



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.