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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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    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 | 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.

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EHLERS, VERNON J, Republican Party
Michigan

Total number of trips - 13
Total cost of trips - $19,966.42

Average cost per trip - $1,535.88
Total number of days spent traveling - 45 days
Rank of representative - 302 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Republican Main Street Partnership
Dates - April 15, 2001 - April 18, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - CA

Purpose - Meeting with technology companies.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $341.00
Lodging Cost - $448.92
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $789.92

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Dates - February 21, 2001 - February 23, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - Speech on improving K-12 Math-Science educ.
Notes - meal expenses included

Travel Cost - $589.50
Lodging Cost - $446.60
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,036.10

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Yale University
Dates - May 2, 2002 - May 3, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - New Haven, CT

Purpose - speech at major symposium
Notes - other expenses include cab fare

Travel Cost - $799.00
Lodging Cost - $150.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $15.00
Total Cost - $964.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Association for the Advancement of Science
Dates - February 15, 2003 - February 17, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Denver, CO

Purpose - Receive an award and give several speeches
Notes -

Travel Cost - $515.02
Lodging Cost - $284.00
Meal Cost - $5.32
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $804.34

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
Dates - January 16, 2003 - January 19, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Conference on health care issues
Notes -

Travel Cost - $633.21
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $633.21

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - January 16, 2003 - January 19, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Speech to members of American Association of Railroads
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $832.00
Meal Cost - $416.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,248.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - University of Wisconsin, Madison
Dates - September 25, 2003 - September 26, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Madison, WI

Purpose - Presentation on science, education and congress
Notes -

Travel Cost - $614.50
Lodging Cost - $185.00
Meal Cost - $30.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $829.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Michigan Road Builders
Dates - August 7, 2003 - August 10, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - MI

Purpose - Legislative policy conference
Notes - Spouse Johanna Ehlers accompanied. [assumed destination]

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $880.04
Meal Cost - $419.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,299.04

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - January 10, 2003 - January 12, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Santa Barbara, CA

Purpose - Retreat on faith and politics
Notes -

Travel Cost - $379.33
Lodging Cost - $158.00
Meal Cost - $127.48
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $664.81

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute, Carnegie Foundation
Dates - February 17, 2004 - February 22, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cancun, Mexico

Purpose - Congressional Conference on Education Reform..
Notes - Wife Johanna Ehlers accompanied - other expense is ground transportation

Travel Cost - $1,603.18
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $1,620.00
Other Cost - $270.00
Total Cost - $5,493.18

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 15, 2004 - January 18, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Participate in congressional health policy conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $874.03
Lodging Cost - $1,322.10
Meal Cost - $475.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,671.13

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Electronic Industries Alliance
Dates - October 7, 2005 - October 10, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Charleston, SC

Purpose - To give one speech and lead two roundtable discussions
Notes - Washington, DC - Charleston, SC - Grand Rapids, MI Including spouse

Travel Cost - $1,362.29
Lodging Cost - $765.30
Meal Cost - $210.04
Other Cost - $255.96
Total Cost - $2,593.59

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Christa McAuliffe Center for Education & Teaching Excellence, Second Annual Massachusetts STEM Summit
Dates - October 16, 2005 - October 17, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Sturbridge, MA

Purpose - Speech about the importance of math and science education for America's children
Notes - Grand Rapids, MI - Sturbridge, MA - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $830.60
Lodging Cost - $89.00
Meal Cost - $20.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $939.60

Additional family members - No

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.