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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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  • 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.

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.

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Office of

Earl Blumenauer


Total cost of 54 office trips: $116,163.63


Trips by Earl Blumenauer
Total cost of congressperson's 32 trips: $85,661.02

Destination: PHOENIX, AZ
Sponsor: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN BOARD OF DIRECTORS MTG.
Date: Jan 14, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,412.82
source

Destination: BERKLEY, CA
Sponsor: University of California at Berkeley
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN THEIR URBANISM CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 24, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $787.75
source

Destination: NORFOLK, VA
Sponsor: American Planning Association
Purpose: SPEAK AT THEIR CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 27, 2000
Expense: $310.66
source

Destination: BOULDER, CO
Sponsor: Boulder County Democratic Party
Purpose: KEYNOTE AT THEIR ANNUAL DINNER
Date: Apr 15, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $678.66
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: American Planning Association
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN THEIR ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 16, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $613.50
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: SPRING RETREAT
Date: Apr 28, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $853.40
source

Destination: BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN THEIR BOARD MEETING
Date: Jun 23, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $871.48
source

Destination: DENVER, CO
Sponsor: RAILVOLUTION
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT CONFERENCE
Date: Oct 5, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,735.04
source

Destination: SCOTSDALE, ARIZONA
Sponsor: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN BOARD OF DIRECTORS MTG
Date: Jan 11, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,719.50
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: CommonWealth Partners LLC
Purpose: MODERATE THE LA MAYORAL DEBATE
Date: Jan 18, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,579.50
source

Destination: 2001 B. PARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $786.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Boston Society of Architects
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 27, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $510.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: ALASKA WILDERNESS LEAGUE, SIERRA CLUB, THE WILDERNESS SOCIETY, DEFENDERS OF WILDLIFE
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP-ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
Date: Jun 30, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $2,761.86
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Chautauqua Institution
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEECH
Date: Aug 26, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $2,489.65
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO PROVIDENCE, RI
Sponsor: National Trust for Historic Preservation
Purpose: SPEAK ON PANEL AT NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Date: Oct 18, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $320.05
source

Destination: PDX-LAX
Sponsor: Los Angeles County MTA
Purpose: SPEAK TO TRANSIT OFFICIALS IN LA
Date: Feb 20, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $709.50
source

Destination: GREENBRIER CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT, 2003
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose:
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,385.00
source

Destination: ROME, ITALY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: May 24, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $8,913.20
source

Destination: RAIL - VOLUTION - NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION CONFERENCE
Sponsor: RAILVOLUTION
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Sep 11, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,350.00
source

Destination: D.C. - CHICAGO - PDX
Sponsor: MacArthur Foundation
Purpose: ATTEND MEETING ON REGIONAL GOVERNANCE
Date: Oct 30, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,289.00
source

Destination: PORTLAND, OREGON - PUNTA MITA, MEXICO - WASHINGTON, D.C.
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON U.S. MEXICO RELATIONS
Date: Dec 4, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,642.13
source

Destination: HONOLULU, HAWAII
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS
Date: Jan 5, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $6,608.80
source

Destination: LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: Jun 27, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $9,128.60
source

Destination: PDX-LAX-DCA
Sponsor: RAILVOLUTION
Purpose: ATTEND THE RAIL-VOLUTION CONFERENCE IN LA
Date: Sep 19, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $810.00
source

Destination: PORTLAND TO ATLANTA
Sponsor: American Public Transportation Association
Purpose: TO RECEIVE AN AWARD
Date: Oct 12, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,045.10
source

Destination: PORTLAND-FLORIDA
Sponsor: National Association of Realtors
Purpose: ATTEND THE REALTORS LEGISLATIVE FORUM IN FLORIDA
Date: Nov 6, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,171.90
source

Destination: FLORIDA-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: ATTEND THE RAILROAD LEG CONFERENCE IN FLORIDA
Date: Nov 7, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,525.20
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO MILWAUKEE, WI TO PORTLAND, OR
Sponsor: THE CENTER ON WISCONSIN STRATEGY, MADISON MAYOR DAVE CIESLEWICZ, METROPOLITAN POLICY PROGRAM AT THE BROOKINGS INSTITUTE, JOHNSON FOUNDATION
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT PROGRESSIVE MAYORS-NEW CITIES PROJECT-CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 10, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $903.06
source

Destination: SHANGHAI, CHINA-BEIJING, CHINA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS
Date: Mar 25, 2005 (9 days)
Expense: $18,788.10
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DC-PHOENIX-PORTLAND
Sponsor: WTS
Purpose: WTS-ADVANCING WOMEN IN TRANSPORTATION CONFERENCE SPEECH
Date: May 27, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $713.06
source

Destination: ISTANBUL, TURKEY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON POLITICAL ISLAM
Date: May 30, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $8,530.30
source

Destination: EARL BLUMENAUER: PORTLAND, OR-ASPEN, CO-WASHINGTON, DC MARGARET KIRKPATRICK: PORTLAND, OR-ASPEN, CO-PORTLAND, OR
Sponsor: NEW CENTURY TRANSPORTATION FOUNDATION/COMMUNITY OFFICE FOR RESOURCE EFFICIENCY
Purpose: TO ATTEND AND SPEAK * CONFERENCE ON GLOBAL WARMING, ENERGY INDEPENDENCE AND TRANSPORTATION
Date: Jul 7, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $2,718.20
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Earl Blumenauer

Judah Ariel
Hillary Barbour
Janine Benner
Timothy Daly
Joyce Fleming
James Kaski
James Maxwell
Marie Rietmann
Amy Scarton
Freya Thoreson
Spencer Wilson
Mariia Zimmerman



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.