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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

  • 08.28.14

    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

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  • 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

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Office of

Robert Ehrlich


Total cost of 25 office trips: $61,250.72


Trips by Robert Ehrlich
Total cost of congressperson's 12 trips: $24,638.45

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: PARTICIPATE ON A PANEL
Date: Jan 5, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $2,192.76
source

Destination: DALLAS, TEXAS
Sponsor: National Association of Home Builders
Purpose: ATTEND BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
Date: Jan 16, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,882.90
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES & PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: JOSEPH E SEAGRAM & SONS INC
Purpose: MEET WITH UNIVERSAL STUDIO EXECUTIVES
Date: Feb 17, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $2,948.24
source

Destination: FT. MEYERS, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Florida Power & Light Co
Purpose: VISIT POWER PLANT
Date: Apr 17, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $1,961.99
source

Destination: LANSDAWNE RESORT, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Chamber of Commerce for the USA
Purpose: GOLF TOURNAMENT
Date: May 19, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $577.18
source

Destination: ATLANTA, GA
Sponsor: NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND
Purpose: SPEAK AT CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 7, 2000
Expense: $316.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: SPEAK AT ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 5, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,680.33
source

Destination: PHOENIX, ARIZONA
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 23, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,700.00
source

Destination: VISIT ARTIC COASTAL PLAIN
Sponsor: Arctic Power
Purpose: VISIT ARTIC COASTAL PLAIN
Date: Aug 11, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $9,962.60
source

Destination: OCEAN CITY, MD
Sponsor: Maryland State Licensed Beverage Association
Purpose: SPEAK AT CONFERENCE
Date: Oct 14, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $95.45
source

Destination:
Sponsor: MARYLAND CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEECH AT CONFERENCE
Date: Oct 22, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $54.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: SPEAK AT ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 8, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,267.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Robert Ehrlich

R Karl Aumann
William Gibson
Jill Homan
Steven Kreseski
Tom Lockwood
Bernard Marczyk



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.