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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.

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  • 08.28.14

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Office of

Ken Calvert


Total cost of 35 office trips: $65,885.66


Trips by Ken Calvert
Total cost of congressperson's 10 trips: $22,916.19

Destination: GENERIC DRUG SPEECH
Sponsor: Generic Pharmaceutical Association
Purpose: GUEST SPEAKER AT ANNUAL GENERIC DRUG CONVENTION
Date: Nov 8, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $690.57
source

Destination: DC - SFO - SAN JOSE - SACRAMENTO - SAN FRANCISCO
Sponsor: Association of California Water Agencies
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Mar 15, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,229.23
source

Destination:
Sponsor: National Thoroughbred Racing Association
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Oct 26, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,025.46
source

Destination: FLY FROM CORONA, CA TO IMPERIAL, CA AND BACK
Sponsor: METROPOLITAN WATER DIST OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Mar 25, 2002
Expense: $357.47
source

Destination: SF-V.A.-ONT.
Sponsor: Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 14, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $499.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: Urban Water Institute
Purpose: TO BE KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT ANNUAL CONVENTION
Date: Aug 21, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $305.00
source

Destination: OAKLAND
Sponsor: Jacobs Engineering Group
Purpose: VISIT AND INSPECT LAWRENCE LIVERMORE LABORATORY
Date: Aug 28, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $475.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 28, 2004
Expense: $323.17
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C.-RIYAD, SAUDI ARABIA-SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: Ziyad Abduljawad
Purpose: TO MEET WITH U.S. EMBASY, CONSULATE OFFICIALS, AND HIGH LEVEL SAUDI GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS TO PROMOTE DISCOURSE AND BETTER RELATIONS BETWEEN THE TWO NATIONS. (*NOTE: DUE TO SECURITY RISKS, I STAYED IN A PRIVATE HOME WHERE MEALS WERE PROVIDED. BELOW IS MY BE
Date: Dec 9, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $10,789.90
source

Destination: NAPA VALLEY, CA
Sponsor: America's Trust Inc
Purpose: PARTICIPATED ON PANEL DISCUSSIONS DISCUSSING FEDERAL ISSUES TO INCLUDE PORT CAPACITY AND SECURITY ISSUES; WINE INDUSTRY CONCERNS (PIERCE'S; CONSOLIDATION IN THE INDUSTRY
Date: Apr 29, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $7,221.39
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Ken Calvert

Maria Bowie
Robert Carretta
Troy Clarke
Deanna Contreras
Caroline Eklund
Dave Everett
Deron Mcelroy
Jolyn Murphy
Chris Pedigo
Tami Plofchan
David Ramey
Linda Ulrich



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.