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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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    Greater Expectations transcript

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    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

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  • 08.28.14

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Office of

Hilda Solis


Total cost of 25 office trips: $29,907.82


Trips by Hilda Solis
Total cost of congressperson's 13 trips: $18,468.54

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: LABORER'S INTERNATIONAL UNION
Purpose: KEY SPEAKER AT REGIONAL CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 29, 2001
Expense: $434.50
source

Destination:
Sponsor: US-Mexico Cultural & Educational Foundation
Purpose:
Date: Feb 18, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,488.54
source

Destination: MCALLEN, TEXAS
Sponsor: Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Purpose: MEETINGS
Date: Feb 21, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $395.50
source

Destination: FT LAUDERDALE: MIAMI TO HAVANA
Sponsor: Willaim C Velasquez Institute
Purpose:
Date: Apr 11, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,214.50
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Lexington Institute
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL EXCHANGE/FACT-FINDING
Date: Jan 2, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $2,584.00
source

Destination: EL SALVADOR TO NICARAGUA
Sponsor: THE SALVADOREAN AMERICAN NATIONAL NETWORK AND THE INTER-AMERICAN FOUNDATION
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL EXCHANGE/FACT FINDING
Date: Mar 15, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,039.00
source

Destination: LAX-BOSTON-WDC
Sponsor: John F Kennedy Library Foundation
Purpose: PARTICIPATED IN CONFERENCE
Date: May 5, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,976.16
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL / FACT FINDING, PUERTO RICO
Date: Jan 22, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,559.50
source

Destination: EL PASO, TEXAS
Sponsor: LATIN AMERICA WORKING GROUP & WASHINGTON OFFICE ON LATIN AMERICA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING MISSION
Date: Oct 10, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,280.38
source

Destination: CANCUN, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION REFORM
Date: Feb 22, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $4,076.90
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Drum Major Institute
Purpose: SPEAKER AT PUBLIC POLICY SERIES
Date: Jun 25, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $490.34
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: Amnesty International
Purpose: TO SPEAK REGARDING LEGISLATION INTRODUCED BY HER ON CIUDAD JUAREZ
Date: Jul 2, 2005
Expense: $470.40
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: AMERICAN LEGACY FOUNDATION, COALITION TO PROMOTE MINORITY HEALTH, SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION, AMERICA'S HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS, BLUECROSSBLUE SHIELD ASSOC., AETNA, WELLPOINT, UNITED HEALTH GROUP
Purpose: MINORITY HEALTH SUMMIT
Date: Jul 22, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,458.82
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Hilda Solis

Carina Armenta
Nidia Bautista
Jenny Blau
Jennifer Grodsky
Donald Lyster
Yvette Martinez
Laura Rodriguez



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.