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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.

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.

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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Trips sponsored by

Population Action International


Total cost of 37 trips: $260,938.25


Traveler: Alison Buist (from the office of Gordon Smith)
Destination: SOUTH AFRICA, MALAWI
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION TO OBSERVE HOW INTERNATIONAL FAMILY PLANNING BE, LETS OPERATE AND EXTENT AT HIV/TB DEVASTATION IN SOUTHERN AFRICA
Date: Apr 14, 2000 (11 days)
Expense: $12,432.00
source

Traveler: Joseph Crowley (from the office of Joseph Crowley)
Destination: NEW YORK-JOHANESBURG-MALAWI-ATLANTA
Purpose: VISIT HIV/AIDS PROJECTS, FAMILY PLANNING CHILD SURVIVAL
Date: Apr 14, 2000 (9 days)
Expense: $10,361.20
source

Traveler: Brian Macdonald (from the office of Greg Walden)
Destination: SOUTH AFRICA
Purpose: EDUCATION: INTERNATIONAL AIDS ASSISTANCE AND FAMILY HEALTH
Date: Apr 14, 2000 (12 days)
Expense: $12,433.44
source

Traveler: Sharon Grant (from the office of Mike Doyle)
Destination: SOUTH AFRICA AND MALAWI
Purpose: FACT-FINDING MISSION
Date: Apr 14, 2000 (10 days)
Expense: $11,398.32
source

Traveler: Grady Bourn (from the office of Jerry Lewis)
Destination: PARIS, FRANCE AND MOROCCO
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Apr 6, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $7,680.00
source

Traveler: Jim Greenwood (from the office of Jim Greenwood)
Destination: MOROCCO
Purpose: GET FIRST HAND KNOWLEDGE INTERNATIONAL ON FAMILY PLANNING
Date: Apr 6, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $7,680.00
source

Traveler: Charity Bracy (from the office of Dianne Feinstein)
Destination: PERU
Purpose: TO GIVE CONGRESSIONAL STAFF THE OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH PROGRAMS THAT RECEIVE U.S. FUNDING
Date: Aug 4, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $6,678.16
source

Traveler: Carolyn Slutsker (from the office of Harry Reid)
Destination: PERU
Purpose: TO VISIT REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH PROGRAMS THAT RECEIVE US FUNDING AND BE ABLE TO BETTER EVALUATE THE IMPACT OF POLICY RESTRICTIONS ON THAT FUNDING
Date: Aug 4, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $6,675.16
source

Traveler: Anthony Silberfeld (from the office of Joseph Crowley)
Destination: LIMA - CUZCO
Purpose: FIELD VISITS TO PROJECTS FUNDED BY USAID/RELATED TO INTERNATIONAL FAMILY PLANNING
Date: Aug 4, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $6,678.16
source

Traveler: Julie Little (from the office of Marcy Kaptur)
Destination: LIMA, PERU & CUZCO
Purpose: MEET WITH INTERNATIONAL FAMILY PLANNING GROUPS & PERUNANS WHO USE THESE SERVICES.
Date: Aug 4, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $6,678.16
source

Traveler: Ron Chester (from the office of Jim Greenwood)
Destination: PERU
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT FAMILY PLANNING SERVICES IN PERU
Date: Aug 4, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $6,678.16
source

Traveler: Barbara Lee (from the office of Barbara Lee)
Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO S. AFRICA
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP ON INTERNATIONAL FAMILY PLANNING
Date: Aug 25, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $5,480.12
source

Traveler: Danielle Leclair (from the office of Barbara Lee)
Destination: SOUTH AFRICA; KENYA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING-EXAMINING THE EFFECT OF THE GLOBAL GAG RULE ON INTERNATIONAL FAMILY PLANNING
Date: Aug 25, 2001 (10 days)
Expense: $9,640.63
source

Traveler: Heather Howard (from the office of Jon Corzine)
Destination: MEXICO
Purpose: BRIEFINGS, FACT FINDING AND MEETINGS ON INTERNATIONAL FAMILY PLANNING ISSUES AND U.S. SUPPORT FOR THE U.N. POPULATION FUND
Date: Jan 12, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $4,111.44
source

Traveler: Jose Cerda (from the office of Byron Dorgan)
Destination: MEXICO CITY AND CHIAPAS, MEXICO
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT THE IMPACT OF POPULATION ON RURAL POVERTY AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS
Date: Jan 12, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $4,111.64
source

Traveler: Kathryn Spaziani (from the office of Marion Berry)
Destination: MEXICO CITY, MEXICO; CHIAPAS, MEXICO
Purpose: INTERNATIONAL FAMILY PLANNING FACT FINDING
Date: Jan 12, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $4,111.64
source

Traveler: Catherine Brown (from the office of Hillary Clinton)
Destination: GUATEMALA
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT INTERNATIONAL FAMILY PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
Date: Aug 5, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $2,652.55
source

Traveler: Susan Mccue (from the office of Harry Reid)
Destination: GUATEMALA
Purpose: EVALUATE FAMILY PLANNING, CHILD DEVELOPMENT & PROPERTY, ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION PROGRAMS IN GUATEMALA
Date: Aug 5, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $2,652.55
source

Traveler: Michelle Forrest (from the office of Lincoln Chafee)
Destination: GUATEMALA
Purpose: TOUR REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CLINICS AND DISCOVER THE LINK BETWEEN POPULATION & THE ENVIRONMENT
Date: Aug 5, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $2,652.55
source

Traveler: Patricia Rojas (from the office of Lucille Roybal-Allard)
Destination: GUATEMALA CITY
Purpose: GUATEMALA POPULATION (FAMILY PLANNING) ENVIRONMENT TRIP
Date: Aug 5, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $2,652.55
source

Traveler: Shiraz Panthaky (from the office of Carolyn Kilpatrick)
Destination: LUSAKA ZAMBIA
Purpose: REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: Jan 17, 2003 (9 days)
Expense: $7,650.00
source

Traveler: Julie Little (from the office of Barbara Lee)
Destination: ZAMBIA - LUSAKA LIVINGSTON
Purpose: FACT FINDING - HIV/AIDS
Date: Jan 17, 2003 (9 days)
Expense: $7,690.00
source

Traveler: Sage Lansing (from the office of Mark Kirk)
Destination: LUSAKA, ZAMBIA
Purpose: FAMILY PLANNING/REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND AIDS SERVICES FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: Jan 19, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $7,650.00
source

Traveler: Kristin Elder (from the office of George Allen)
Destination: LA PAZ, BOLIVIA
Purpose: VISITING U.S. FUNDED PROGRAMS-FAMILY PLANNING, HEALTH, AIDS PREVENTION, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
Date: Apr 20, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $6,203.84
source

Traveler: Sean Moore (from the office of Barbara Boxer)
Destination: BOLIVIA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 20, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $6,203.84
source

Traveler: Kate Dickens (from the office of Michael Castle)
Destination: MADAGASCAR
Purpose: TO EXAMINE INTEGRATED PROJECTS DEALING WITH HEALTHY POPULATION/ENVIRONMENT
Date: Aug 5, 2003 (9 days)
Expense: $8,189.00
source

Traveler: Sarah Rittling (from the office of Michael Castle)
Destination: MADAGASCAR
Purpose: TO EXAMINE INTEGRATED PROJECTS DEALING WITH HEALTH/POPULATION/ENVIRONMENT
Date: Aug 5, 2003 (9 days)
Expense: $8,189.00
source

Traveler: Ed Gilman (from the office of Michael Michaud)
Destination: ANTANANARIVO, MADAGASCAR TO PARIS
Purpose: TO EXPLORE THE LINKAGES BETWEEN POPULATION AND THE ENVIRONMENT BY VISITING INTEGRATED REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH, ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH PROJECTS IMPLEMENTED BY AN ASSOCIATION OF NONGOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS (NGOS) CALLED VOAHARY SALAMA.
Date: Aug 5, 2003 (9 days)
Expense: $8,189.00
source

Traveler: Charles Dujon (from the office of Jesse Jackson)
Destination: ANTANANARIVO, MADAGASCAR
Purpose: FOREIGN OPERATIONS APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE ISSUES E.G. INTERNATIONAL FAMILY PLANNING, GLOBAL HEALTH, CONSERVATION PROGRAMS
Date: Aug 5, 2003 (9 days)
Expense: $8,189.00
source

Traveler: Elizabeth Fowler (from the office of Max Baucus)
Destination: GHANA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP ON FAMILY PLANNING AND HEALTH CLINICS IN GHANA
Date: Nov 29, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $7,690.00
source

Traveler: Christos Tsentas (from the office of Barbara Lee)
Destination: BANGKOK, THAILAND
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE XVTH INTERNATIONAL AIDS CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 9, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $7,389.00
source

Traveler: Barbara Lee (from the office of Barbara Lee)
Destination: BANGKOK, THAILAND
Purpose: ATTEND WORLD HIV/AIDS CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 9, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $6,499.00
source

Traveler: Ann Hwang (from the office of Richard Durbin)
Destination: ETHIOPIA
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP
Date: Dec 3, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $8,961.00
source

Traveler: Carina Armenta (from the office of Howard Berman)
Destination: ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA
Purpose: HIGHLIGHT THE ROLE OF US FAMILY PLANNING ASSISTANCE IN ETHIOPIA
Date: Dec 3, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $8,961.00
source

Traveler: Sean Mulvaney (from the office of Jim Kolbe)
Destination: ETHIOPIA: 4 DAYS IN ADDIS ABABA AND 3 DAYS IN AWASSA
Purpose: BROADEN UNDERSTANDING OF ETHIOPIAN DEVELOPMENT CHALLENGES
Date: Dec 4, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $8,961.00
source

Traveler: Bill Harper (from the office of Betty Mccollum)
Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C.-EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND
Purpose: ATTEND G.8 PARLIAMENTARIANS' CONFERENCE ON AFRICA
Date: Jun 3, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $1,924.14
source

Traveler: Bill Harper (from the office of Betty Mccollum)
Destination: ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA
Purpose: A FACT-FINDING MISSION TO LEARN ABOUT THE SERIOUS ISSUE OF AIDS IN AFRICA.
Date: Dec 3, 2005 (9 days)
Expense: $8,961.00
source



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.