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Students in Kentucky taking a Common Core math test. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

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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 |
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

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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

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  • 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

Grace Napolitano


Total cost of 54 office trips: $56,744.35


Trips by Grace Napolitano
Total cost of congressperson's 31 trips: $28,404.31

Destination: MOAB, UTAH
Sponsor: no sponsor listed on form
Purpose: ATTEND POLICY ANNOUNCEMENT & DISCUSSION WITH SECRETARY OF ENERGY RICHARDSON AND REPRESENTATIVE CHRIS CANNON
Date: Jan 13, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $246.32
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Purpose: CHCI BOARD MEMBER RETREAT AND MEETING
Date: Jan 19, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $2,538.98
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
Sponsor: MERRILL LYNCH & NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE
Purpose: MEET WITH NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE OFFICIALS & REGULATORS & VISIT MERRILL LYNCH EQUITY TRADING FLOOR
Date: Jan 23, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $731.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
Sponsor: Humpty Dumpty Institute
Purpose: BRIEFING FROM U.S. MISSION TO UN, VISIT TO SECRETARIAT
Date: Jan 24, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $958.50
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. - NEW YORK
Sponsor: GLAXO, AMER. HOME PRODUCTS, CYTYE, HUMANA, WEB MD & SOCIETY FOR WOMEN'S HEALTH RESEARCH
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN WOMEN'S HEALTH PROGRAM & MEET WITH HEALTH CARE LEADERS TO DISCUSS ISSUES & IDENTIFY NEEDS & STRATEGIES
Date: Feb 17, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $574.72
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE (AIRFARE) AND CITIGROUP (LODGING AND MEALS)
Purpose: TOUR NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE AND MEET WITH WALL STREET FIRM REGARDING HISPANIC INITIATIVES
Date: May 21, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $717.80
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: ATTENDING SEMINAR, EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: Nov 11, 2000 (15 days)
Expense: $3,770.00
source

Destination: SPEAKING AT LUNCHEON
Sponsor: Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Purpose: SPEECH ON WATER CONTAMINATION ON GROUND WATER
Date: Dec 14, 2000
Expense: $398.00
source

Destination: TRACK PANEL FORUMS
Sponsor: California Council for International Trade
Purpose: PANELIST AT TRADE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 10, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $889.00
source

Destination: MET WITH PRES. FOR TO DISCUSS ISSUES IMPORTANT TO THE HISPANIC CAUCUS
Sponsor: US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce
Purpose:
Date: Feb 18, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,488.54
source

Destination: BOARD AT DIRECTORS MTG. FOR CONGRESSIONAL HISPANIC CAUCUS INST.
Sponsor: Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Purpose: PLANNING AND ORGANIZATION
Date: Feb 21, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $722.82
source

Destination: CONGRESSIONAL HISPANIC CAUCUS VISIT TO SILICON VALLEY
Sponsor: Information Technology Industry Council
Purpose: TO FOSTER BETTER RELATIONS WITH THE HIGH-TECH INDUSTRY AND MINORITIES
Date: Jan 21, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,188.69
source

Destination: FORD MOTOR MINORITY DEALERS ASSOCIATION 23RD ANNUAL DINNER & CONF
Sponsor: Alliance of Ford Motor Minority Dealers
Purpose: ACCEPTANCE OF JESSE L. JACKSON AWARD
Date: Feb 21, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,863.76
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose: TRIP FOCUSED ON GAMING & HOSPITALITY INDUSTRIES; NUCLEAR WASTE DISPOSAL
Date: Apr 12, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,335.00
source

Destination: RIO GRANDE, PR
Sponsor: Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Purpose: BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
Date: Jan 21, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $1,706.80
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA TO SACRAMENTO, CA
Sponsor: METROPOLITAN WATER DIST OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: May 26, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $611.80
source

Destination: SACRAMENTO, CA TO COSUMNES PRESERVE NEAR THORNTON, CA
Sponsor: Environmental Water Caucus
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: May 28, 2003
Expense: $142.90
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Sony Corporation
Purpose: FACT FINDING OPERATED BY SONY MUSIC
Date: Oct 24, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,000.21
source

Destination: RANCHO MIRAGE, CA
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING OPERATED BY THE PUBLIC GOVERNANCE INSTITUTE
Date: Dec 5, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $802.82
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: All Kinds of Minds
Purpose: FACT-FINDING-INNOVATIVE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS OPERATED BY "ALL KINDS OF MINDS"
Date: Mar 14, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $355.00
source

Destination: SAN ANTONIO, TX
Sponsor: Alliance of Ford Motor Minority Dealers
Purpose: ROUNDTABLE MEETING AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT ON SMALL BUSINESS ISSUES
Date: May 26, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $579.89
source

Destination: PHOENIX, AZ
Sponsor: National Council of La Raza
Purpose: AS A PANELIST, PROVIDED UPDATES ON LEGISLATIVE WORK ON BEHALF OF THE CONGRESSIONAL MENTAL HEALTH CAUCUS
Date: Jun 28, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $177.29
source

Destination: LA JOLLA, CA
Sponsor: NATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR THE MENTALLY ILL
Purpose: TO REPRESENT THE MENTAL HEALTH CAUCUS AND SPEAK TO THE NATIONAL HEALTH CARE FORUM
Date: Aug 25, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $443.80
source

Destination: RENO/LAKE TAHOE, NEVADA
Sponsor: AMERICAN BUSINESS COUNCIL INC
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEECH AND FACT FINDING REPRESENTING THE SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE
Date: Sep 26, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $810.12
source

Destination: DULLES DC-NEVADA LAS VEGAS-LONG BEACH, CA
Sponsor: AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor - Council of Industrial Organizations)
Purpose: ATTENDED COUNCIL MEETING REGARDING LABOR ISSUES ON BEHALF OF THE HISPANIC CAUCUS AS CHAIRWOMAN
Date: Feb 28, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $823.60
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Sponsor: National Association of Hispanic Publications Foundation
Purpose: ATTENDED THE LUNCHEON ON BEHALF OF THE CONGRESSIONAL HISPANIC CAUCUS AS CHAIRWOMAN. DELIVERED KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Date: Mar 12, 2005
Expense: $170.00
source

Destination: REAGAN, DC-DENVER, CO TO LAX, CA
Sponsor: Latina Style
Purpose: ATTENDED BUSINESS SERIES AND DELIVERED ADDRESS ON BEHALF OF THE CONGRESSIONAL HISPANIC CAUCUS AS CHAIRWOMAN
Date: Mar 17, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,226.20
source

Destination: MCALLEN, TX-LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Purpose: REPRESENTING CHCI AS CHAIRWOMAN AND LEADING HOUSING WORKSHOPS FOR CHCI
Date: Mar 30, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $470.10
source

Destination: LAX (LOS ANGELES)-ATLANTA, GA-DC (REAGAN)
Sponsor: National Association of Latino Elected Officials and affiliates
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEECH TO PROVIDE INITIATIVES FOR GEORGIA'S HISPANIC COMMUNITY AS CHAIR OF THE CONGRESSIONAL HISPANIC CAUCUS
Date: May 22, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $117.85
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA
Sponsor: (NCLR) NATIONAL COUNCIL OF LA RAZA AND CONGRESSIONAL HISPANIC CAUCUS INSTITUTE (HOTEL)
Purpose: SPEAKER AS CO-CHAIR OF THE MENTAL HEALTH CAUCUS (PANEL) AND REPRESENTED THE HISPANIC CAUCUS AS CHAIR, DURING THE NCLR CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 16, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $335.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: AMERICAN LEGACY FDTN, COALITION TO PROMOTE MINORITY HEALTH, SEIV AETNA, AHIP, WELLPOINT, UNITED, BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD
Purpose: MINORITY HEALTH SUMMIT
Date: Jul 22, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,207.80
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Grace Napolitano

Imelda Aguirre
Benjamin Cardenas
Daniel Chao
Charles Fuentes
Gerri Guzman
Saul Japson
John Joyce
Kate Krause
Maria Meier
Amanda Molk
Saul Pena



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.