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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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  • 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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a huge change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.

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

  • 08.28.14

    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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a huge change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.

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Office of

Xavier Becerra


Total cost of 41 office trips: $71,621.17


Trips by Xavier Becerra
Total cost of congressperson's 18 trips: $25,369.60

Destination: SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE
Date: Dec 27, 1999 (3 days)
Expense: $900.00
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Destination: MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: California Council for International Trade
Purpose: TRADE FORUM
Date: Jan 10, 2002
Expense: $572.00
source

Destination: SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Information Technology Industry Council
Purpose: CHC HIGH TECH COMMUNITY VISIT
Date: Jan 21, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,139.50
source

Destination: BRUNSWICK, GEORGIA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON CIVIL RIGHTS
Date: Mar 15, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $729.00
source

Destination: LANSDOWNE CONFERENCE RESORT, LEESBURG, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: SONY MUSIC, PHILLIP MORRIS & COCA COLA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL TRI-CAUCUS RETREAT
Date: Apr 19, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $299.00
source

Destination: AVENTURA, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: JFK SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT/COMMONWEALTH FUND BIPARTISAN HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,546.68
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Purpose: BOARD MEETING AND RETREAT
Date: Jan 22, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,444.90
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: NCTA/NATIONAL ASSN. OF MINORITIES IN COMMUNICATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS MTG
Date: Sep 17, 2003
Expense: $310.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - PUERTO RICO - LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: 2003 CONGRESSIONAL TRI-CAUCUS RETREAT
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,788.86
source

Destination: REP. BECERRA - LA TO PUERTO VALLARTA TO DC CAROLINA REYES - LA TO PUERTO VALLARTA TO LA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: ASPEN INSTITUTE CONFERENCE - THE TRANSFORMATION OF MEXICO AND US - MEXICO RELATIONS
Date: Dec 4, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $4,678.61
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO MEXICO CITY TO LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: PACIFIC COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL POLICY
Purpose: TRANSNATIONAL INSTITUTIONS AND PUBLIC POLICIES MEETING
Date: Feb 12, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,089.94
source

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL MISSION
Date: Feb 17, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $5,745.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: California Council for International Trade
Purpose: SERVED ON PANEL AT TRADE POLICY FORUM
Date: Feb 24, 2005
Expense: $410.40
source

Destination: BIRMINGHAM, AL
Sponsor: $425-THE FAITH & POLITICS INSTITUTE/$500-BECERRA FOR CONGRESS
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS PILGRIMAGE
Date: Mar 4, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $925.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES TO PUERTO RICO TO WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: National Association of Latino Elected Officials and affiliates
Purpose: NALEO BOARD MEMBER RETREAT *CHILDREN TRAVELED AT MEMBER'S EXPENSE
Date: Mar 30, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $1,358.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO
Sponsor: Campaign for Justice
Purpose: OPEN PROCEEDING/GIVE OPENING REMARKS AT THE ASSEMBLY ON WARTIME RELOCATION AND INTERNMENT OF CIVILIANS (AWRIC) EVENT
Date: Apr 8, 2005
Expense: $220.40
source

Destination: ALBUQUERQUE, NM
Sponsor: Americans United to Protect Social Security
Purpose: CONGRESSMAN PARTICIPATED IN TOWN HALL MEETING ON SOCIAL SECURITY REFORM
Date: May 31, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $606.55
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Sponsor: National Council of La Raza
Purpose: CONGRESSMAN SPOKE AT NCLR ANNUAL CONFERENCE-SESSION ENTITLED "WEALTH CREATION IN LATINO COMMUNITIES" ON 7/19
Date: Jul 18, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $605.76
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Xavier Becerra

Krista Atteberry
Debra Dixon
Jeff Donarski
Katrina Gonzales
Denise Lee
Elisa Montoya
Joel Najar
Cindy Panuco
Wendy Ramirez
Arshi Siddiqui



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

  • 08.28.14

    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.
  • 08.26.14

    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core is a huge change for public schools, but most Americans know little about it. Learn what Common Core is, where it came from, and why it’s become so controversial.