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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

  • 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.

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.

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Trips by*

James Datri


Total cost of 6 trips: $21,334.46


Trips traveled under the office of Robert Menendez

Destination: BRASILIA-SAD PAULO
Sponsor: Brazil-US Business Council
Purpose: FACT-FINDING: TO MEET WITH BRAZILIAN GOV'T. AND BUSINESS LEADERS; LEARN FIRST-HAND HOW THE BRAZILIAN GOV'T OPERATES, AND ABOUT TRADE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE U.S.
Date: May 27, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $4,293.48
source

Destination: SEATTLE, WA
Sponsor: Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle
Purpose: FACT-FINDING: TO SEE FIRST-HAND THE OPERATIONS OF THE HOME LOAN BANK; MEET WITH BANK OFFICIALS & STAFF; AND VISIT BANK-BACKED HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS
Date: Aug 30, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,820.95
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: Computer & Communications Industry Association
Purpose: SYMPOSIUM ON THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT IN A DIGITAL AGE/MEETINGS & DISCUSSIONS W/ INDUSTRY EXECS. ON CURRENT ISSUES
Date: Apr 3, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $2,707.08
source

Destination: MIAMI, FL (CORAL GABLES)
Sponsor: American Bankers Association
Purpose: TO DELIVER A SPEECH, PARTICIPATE ON A STAFF PANEL, AND PARTICIPATE IN THE ABA'S LEGISLATIVE LIAISON ADVISORY COMMITTEE CONFERENCE PROGRAM
Date: Feb 20, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $3,014.35
source

Destination: AVENTURA, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Securities Industry Association
Purpose: PARTICIPATING IN AND SPEAKING AT THE S.I.A. GOVERNMENT RELATIONS LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE.
Date: Apr 12, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,627.81
source

Destination: ZURICH, SWITZERLAND (ITINERARY INCLUDED: BERN, GENEVA, AND ZURICH)
Sponsor: Government of Switzerland
Purpose: TO MEET WITH SWISS GOVERNMENT & INDUSTRY LEADERS TO DISCUSS ISSUES OF MUTUAL IMPORTANCE (ESP: FINANCIAL SERVICES & HEALTH CARE ISSUES); TO LEARN ABOUT THE SWISS NATION, PEOPLE, AND CULTURE
Date: Jun 26, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $5,870.79
source



* - Trips by all travelers named James Datri.


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.