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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

Howard Berman


Total cost of 86 office trips: $248,245.91


Trips by Howard Berman
Total cost of congressperson's 39 trips: $144,128.35

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: PARTICIPANT ON PANEL
Date: Jan 6, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,358.59
source

Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: PARTICIPANT AND ATTENDED MEETINGS
Date: Jan 25, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $8,606.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA/GRAND CAYMAN ISLAND, BRITISH WEST INDIES/L.A.
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPANT IN CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 17, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $4,644.60
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA TO VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE
Date: May 30, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $3,965.49
source

Destination: LEAVE BURBANK FOR SAN FRANCISCO ON SUNDAY, 9/10/00 AND RETURN SAME EVENING
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAK ON ISRAELI/US RELATIONS
Date: Sep 10, 2000
Expense: $379.00
source

Destination: NEWARK, NEW JERSEY
Sponsor: Connell Co
Purpose: SPEAKER AT SEMINAR
Date: Sep 18, 2000
Expense: $579.00
source

Destination: GRAND CAYMAN
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE IN MEETINGS
Date: Jan 12, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $7,283.20
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WVA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,202.00
source

Destination: SPOKE ON A PANEL ON SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2001
Sponsor: LOS ANGELES INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW ASSOCIATION
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THEIR SPRING SEMINAR
Date: Apr 21, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $319.00
source

Destination: LAKE TAHOE
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: PARTICIPATE ON PANEL AT BOARD'S ANNUAL SUMMER MEETING
Date: Aug 9, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $588.33
source

Destination: HELSINKI, FINLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE IN MEETINGS
Date: Aug 19, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $7,815.36
source

Destination: LEESBURG, VA
Sponsor: Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Purpose: POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Oct 19, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $994.00
source

Destination: SANTA BARBARA, CA
Sponsor: Anti-Defamation League
Purpose: SPEAKER AT CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,200.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, N.Y.
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN AND ATTEND CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 31, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $2,009.00
source

Destination: BEIJING, CHINA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN AND ATTEND MEETINGS
Date: Mar 29, 2002 (9 days)
Expense: $14,230.00
source

Destination: BERKLEY HEIGHTS, N.J.
Sponsor: Connell Co
Purpose: PARTICIPATED IN SEMINAR
Date: May 20, 2002
Expense: $469.50
source

Destination: LANAII, HAWAII
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 17, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $7,066.40
source

Destination: SAN JOSE, CA
Sponsor: INTEL - DIGITAL MEDIA SUMMIT
Purpose: PANELIST - INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ISSUES
Date: Feb 19, 2003
Expense: $208.50
source

Destination: GREENBRIER, WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,254.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: University of California at San Diego
Purpose: SPEAK TO FACULTY AND STUDENTS ON FOREIGN POLICY ISSUES
Date: Mar 9, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $356.50
source

Destination: HELSINKI, FINLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 27, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $6,361.50
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: Sony Corporation
Purpose: TOUR SONY STUDIOS AND PARTICIPATE IN MEETINGS WITH SONY OFFICIALS
Date: Jul 17, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $823.08
source

Destination: NEWARK, N.J. TO WASHINGTON, D.C.
Sponsor: Connell Co
Purpose: PARTICIPANT IN SEMINAR
Date: Jul 21, 2003
Expense: $316.00
source

Destination: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 10, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $8,609.00
source

Destination: LEESBURG, VA
Sponsor: Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE
Date: Sep 19, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,600.00
source

Destination: MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: MONTEREY INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
Purpose: ATTEND MONTEREY NONPROLIFERATION STRATEGY GROUP MEETING
Date: Nov 16, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $504.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA TO PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO, TO WDC
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE
Date: Dec 4, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $4,585.90
source

Destination: ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: ATTEND & PARTICIPATE IN FORUM
Date: Jan 20, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $5,349.40
source

Destination: BARCELONA, SPAIN
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN AND ATTEND CONFERENCE
Date: May 22, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $8,854.60
source

Destination: CCTA SUMMER BOARD MTG IN LCHE TOKOC CA
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN TELECOMMUNICATION CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 12, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $732.48
source

Destination: VENICE, ITALY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: ATTEND & PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 18, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $8,703.80
source

Destination: HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE
Date: Oct 23, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,628.83
source

Destination:
Sponsor: SABAN CENTER FOR MIDDLE EAST POLICY
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE
Date: Dec 3, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,310.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA TO JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA TO WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: THE LEADERS PROJECT INC
Purpose: ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 25, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $912.20
source

Destination: SHANGHAI, CHINA TO BEIJING, CHINA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: ATTEND & PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 25, 2005 (9 days)
Expense: $18,638.10
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES TO SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAK AT TWO EVENTS
Date: Apr 10, 2005
Expense: $360.20
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA/ISTANBUL, TURKEY/WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: ATTEND & PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE
Date: May 29, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $8,753.90
source

Destination: BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ
Sponsor: Connell Co
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN SEMINAR
Date: Jun 13, 2005
Expense: $618.89
source

Destination: ASPEN, COLORADO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPANT IN CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 2, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $938.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Howard Berman

Carina Armenta
Robert Blumenfield
Doug Campbell
James French
Carlos Lugo
Julia Massimino
Zachary Prager
Pearl Ricci
Gene Smith
Linda Smith



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.