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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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    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

    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.

Back to The Data

Office of

Diana Degette


Total cost of 23 office trips: $55,196.21


Trips by Diana Degette
Total cost of congressperson's 18 trips: $49,936.36

Destination: FT. MYERS, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP
Date: Jan 13, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,010.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: Society for Womens Health Research
Purpose: SPEAK AT A FORUM ON WOMEN'S HEALTH ISSUES
Date: Feb 17, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,028.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: New York University
Purpose: SPEAK AT SYMPOSIUM ON THE LEGAL ISSUES OF THE CLINTON IMPEACHMENT
Date: May 19, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,032.00
source

Destination: PRAGUE
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL FORUM
Date: Aug 20, 2000 (10 days)
Expense: $3,997.00
source

Destination: DC-ST. PETERSBURG, FL
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN A CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $4,070.00
source

Destination: MIAMI
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION
Date: Jan 17, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $3,857.61
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: PUBLIC RESPONSIBILITY IN MEDICINE AND RESEARCH
Purpose: SPEAK TO THE BIOCONFERENCE
Date: Nov 18, 2002
Expense: $410.00
source

Destination: TAMPA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: POLICY CONF
Date: Nov 30, 2002
Expense: $3,151.50
source

Destination: COLOGNE, GERMANY
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: POLICY TRIP
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,620.00
source

Destination: ROME, ITALY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONF. ON GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: May 26, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $8,293.82
source

Destination: ASPEN, CO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO SPEAK TO GROUP
Date: Jul 19, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $140.00
source

Destination: CANCUN, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION REFORM
Date: Feb 17, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $3,689.51
source

Destination: BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: SPEAKER ORIENTATION FOR NEWLY ELECTED MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
Date: Nov 29, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,559.20
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: Fordham University
Purpose: TO SPEAK TO THE FORDHAM SUMMIT ON BIO-PHARMACEUTICALS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
Date: Jan 9, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $858.72
source

Destination: FT. LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 13, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,316.00
source

Destination: PARIS, FRANCE - STUTTGART, GERMAN
Sponsor: French-Ameriocan Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL TRIP WITH FRENCH AMERICAN FOUNDATION
Date: Feb 20, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $5,386.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA-DENVER, COLORADO
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: CIVIL RIGHTS PILGRIMAGE
Date: Mar 4, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $925.00
source

Destination: DUBLIN, IRELAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON US-RUSSIA-EUROPE COOPERATIVE EFFORTS
Date: Aug 18, 2005 (8 days)
Expense: $5,592.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Diana Degette

Shannon Good
Dawn Patrice Jackson
Meghan Taira



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.