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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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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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    Teachers embrace the Common Core

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Back to The Data

Office of

Frank Pallone


Total cost of 43 office trips: $80,515.07


Trips by Frank Pallone
Total cost of congressperson's 19 trips: $39,948.45

Destination: TUCSON, ARIZONA
Sponsor: Edison Electric Institute
Purpose: SPEECH AND PANEL DISCUSSION
Date: Jan 10, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $2,871.00
source

Destination: PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Electric Power Supply Association
Purpose: SPEECH AND LEGISLATIVE PANEL
Date: Jan 28, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $2,868.06
source

Destination: BOCA RATON, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Armenian Assembly of America
Purpose: SPEECH AND PANEL DISCUSSION
Date: Mar 16, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $836.50
source

Destination: BANGOR, MAINE
Sponsor: PENOBSCOT AND PASSAMAGUODDY TRIBES
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Aug 13, 2001
Expense: $843.50
source

Destination: BOCA RATON, FL
Sponsor: Armenian Assembly of America
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Mar 15, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,003.74
source

Destination: NEW DELHI, INDIA
Sponsor: Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry
Purpose: TO RECEIVE THE PADMA BHUSHAN AWARD
Date: Mar 24, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $6,896.00
source

Destination: RENO, NEVADA
Sponsor: TRIBAL ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT/FACT-FINDING
Date: Jun 2, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $704.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: VIRGO PUBLISHING & NOW FOODS & RECALL SON DOWN
Purpose: SPEECH AT EXPOSITION
Date: Dec 5, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $958.81
source

Destination: DALLAS, TEXAS
Sponsor: INDIAN AMERICAN FRIENDSHIP COUNCIL/INDIA ASSOCIATION OF NORTH TEXAS
Purpose: HONORED GUEST AT INDIA REPUBLIC DAY CELEBRATION
Date: Jan 25, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,360.00
source

Destination: SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA
Sponsor: VIRGO PUBLISHING & AMERICAN INGREDIENTS
Purpose: SPEAKER AT CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 26, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,455.98
source

Destination: DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Association for Research in Otolaryngology
Purpose: CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 24, 2003
Expense: $510.00
source

Destination: PHOENIX
Sponsor: NATIONAL TRIBAL ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL
Purpose: SPEAKER AT CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 25, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $148.50
source

Destination: JERUSALEM, ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATION MISSION
Date: Aug 1, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $5,976.95
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, MINNEAPOLIS
Sponsor: National Indian Gaming Association
Purpose: GUEST SPEAKERS AT CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 16, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $530.00
source

Destination: CYPRUS
Sponsor: Pancyprian Association of America
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT INTERNATIONAL COORDINATING COMMITTEE JUSTICE FOR CYPRUS (PSEKA) CONVENTION
Date: Aug 26, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $4,312.00
source

Destination: UNCASVILLE, CT
Sponsor: MOHEGAN TRIBE
Purpose: USET (UNITED SOUTH EAST TRIBES) CONFERENCE
Date: Oct 21, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $825.91
source

Destination: TORONTO, CANADA
Sponsor: Congress of Canadian Armenians
Purpose: SPEAK AT CONFERENCE
Date: Oct 26, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $528.00
source

Destination: EUREKA CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: HOOPA TRIBE & CABAZON BAND OF MISSION INDIANS
Purpose: TOUR OF HOOPA RESERVATION
Date: Dec 10, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $969.50
source

Destination: MUMBAI, INDIA
Sponsor: ASIAN INDIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, INDO-AMERICAN SOCIETY
Purpose: TO PROMOTE US-INDIA ECONOMIC RELATIONS AND TO RECEIVE AN AWARD FROM THE INDO-AMERICAN SOCIETY
Date: Jan 4, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $6,350.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Frank Pallone

Jennifer Cannata
Jeffrey Carroll
Robert Clark
Eric Gordon
Kathy Kulkarni
Jessica Lenard
Raffi Vartian
Tim Yehl
Heather Zichal



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.