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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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    Greater Expectations transcript

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    Are you smarter than a Common Core student? Try a Common Core test

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    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 | 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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EHRLICH, ROBERT LEROY JR, Republican Party
Maryland

Total number of trips - 12
Total cost of trips - $24,638.35

Average cost per trip - $2,053.20
Total number of days spent traveling - 36 days
Rank of representative - 262 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - National Foundation of the Blind
Dates - July 7, 2000 - July 7, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Atlanta, GA

Purpose - Speak at conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $286.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $30.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $316.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Home Builders
Dates - January 16, 2000 - January 17, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Dallas, TX

Purpose - Attend board of directors meeting
Notes - No explanation of other expenses

Travel Cost - $1,535.00
Lodging Cost - $340.40
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $7.40
Total Cost - $1,882.80

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Florida Power and Light
Dates - April 17, 2000 - April 21, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Fort Myers, FL

Purpose - Visit power plant
Notes - Spouse Kendel Ehrlich accompanied; other expense is for rental car

Travel Cost - $788.00
Lodging Cost - $806.68
Meal Cost - $77.00
Other Cost - $290.31
Total Cost - $1,961.99

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Chamber Foundation, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Dates - May 19, 2000 - May 20, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Leesburg, VA

Purpose - Golf tournament
Notes - Spouse kendel Ehrlich accompanied

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $367.06
Meal Cost - $210.12
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $577.18

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Association
Dates - January 5, 2000 - January 9, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Participate on a panel
Notes - Spouse Kendel Ehrlich accompanied

Travel Cost - $810.12
Lodging Cost - $1,282.64
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,192.76

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Joseph E. Seagram and Sons, Inc.
Dates - February 17, 2000 - February 18, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA - Palm Springs, CA

Purpose - Meet with Universal Studio Executives
Notes - Spouse Kendel Ehrlich accompanied

Travel Cost - $2,509.34
Lodging Cost - $438.90
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,948.24

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Association
Dates - January 5, 2001 - January 8, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Speak at annual conference
Notes - Spouse Kendel Ehrlich accompanied.

Travel Cost - $838.50
Lodging Cost - $841.83
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,680.33

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - February 23, 2001 - February 25, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Phoenix, AZ

Purpose - Participate in conference
Notes - Spouse Kendel accompanied.

Travel Cost - $250.00
Lodging Cost - $750.00
Meal Cost - $700.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,700.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Association
Dates - January 8, 2002 - January 11, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - speak at annual conference
Notes - spouse Kendel S. Ehrlich accompanied.

Travel Cost - $460.00
Lodging Cost - $807.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,267.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Arctic Power
Dates - August 11, 2001 - August 14, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - AK

Purpose - Visit Arctic coastal plain
Notes - Spouse Kendel Ehrlich accompanied.

Travel Cost - $9,462.60
Lodging Cost - $500.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,962.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Maryland Classified Employees Association Inc.
Dates - October 22, 2001 - October 23, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - Speech at conference
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $54.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $54.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Massachusetts State College Building Authority
Dates - October 14, 2001 - October 15, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Ocean City, MD

Purpose - Speak at conference
Notes - Spouse Kendel Ehrlich accompanied.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $87.20
Meal Cost - $8.25
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $95.45

Additional family members - Yes

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.