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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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  • 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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Office of

Vernon Ehlers


Total cost of 67 office trips: $91,468.21


Trips by Vernon Ehlers
Total cost of congressperson's 20 trips: $30,397.18

Destination: NAPLES FL
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE: "EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES TO ACCELERATE EDUCATION REFORM"
Date: Jan 13, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $3,851.86
source

Destination: TUCSON AZ
Sponsor: Business-Higher Education Forum
Purpose: SPEECH ON SCIENCE POLICY AND SCIENCE EDUCATION
Date: Feb 10, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,653.63
source

Destination: ATLANTA, GA
Sponsor: GEORGIA TECH AND AMER. ASSOC. FOR ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Feb 24, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $742.69
source

Destination: COLORADO SPRINGS
Sponsor: Christian Reformed World Relief Committee
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Mar 3, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $533.49
source

Destination: CHICAGO
Sponsor: DSR INC., TECHISSUES.NET, & ZIFF-DAVIS CO.
Purpose: SPEAKER AT PANEL DISCUSSION AT COMDEX 2000
Date: Apr 19, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,218.22
source

Destination: REDWOOD CITY, CA
Sponsor: Republican Main Street Partnership
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN MEETINGS WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF ELECTRON INDUSTRIES AND EDUCATIONAL VENTURES
Date: Apr 22, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $1,385.71
source

Destination: COLLEGE STATION TX
Sponsor: TEXAS A & M UNIVERSITY
Purpose: SPEECH TO FACULTY AND MEETINGS WITH FACULTY AND STUDENTS
Date: Apr 26, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $580.04
source

Destination: GRAND RAPIDS (MI) TO NEW YORK TO D.C.
Sponsor: NEW YORK ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jun 25, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,123.66
source

Destination: SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
Sponsor: Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose: AVIATION CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 5, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $2,472.30
source

Destination: GRAND RAPIDS MI-NEW ORLEANS LA-WASHINGTON DC
Sponsor: Council for Chemical Research
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Sep 10, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,035.56
source

Destination: PALM BEACH FL
Sponsor: Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Purpose: SPEECH ON IMPROVING K-12 MATH-SCIENCE EDUC.
Date: Feb 21, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,036.10
source

Destination: CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Republican Main Street Partnership
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES
Date: Apr 15, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $789.92
source

Destination: YALE UNIVERSITY, NEW HAVEN CT
Sponsor: Yale University
Purpose: SPEAK AT MAJOR SYMPOSIUM
Date: May 2, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $964.00
source

Destination: SANTA BARBARA CA
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: RETREAT ON FAITH & POLITICS
Date: Jan 10, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $664.81
source

Destination: GRAND RAPIDS TO FORT LAUDERDALE
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: SPEECH TO MEMBERS OF AAR & PARTICIPATION IN DISCUSSIONS
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,248.00
source

Destination: DENVER, COLORADO
Sponsor: American Association for the Advancement of Science
Purpose: RECEIVE AN AWARD AND GIVE SEVERAL SPEAKES
Date: Feb 15, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $804.34
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Michigan Road Builders Association
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 7, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,299.04
source

Destination: MADISON WISCONSIN
Sponsor: University of Wisconsin
Purpose: PRESENTATION IN SCIENCE, EDUCATION & CONGRESS
Date: Sep 25, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $829.50
source

Destination: GRAND RAPIDS MI TO FORT LAUDERDALE
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH POLICY CONF.
Date: Jan 15, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,671.13
source

Destination: GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN TO CANCUN, MEXICAO
Sponsor: ASPEN INSTITUTE AND CARNEGIE FOUNDATION
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION REFORM
Date: Feb 17, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $5,493.18
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Vernon Ehlers

Ellen Burns
William Mcbride
Rachel Post
Matthew Reiffer
Matthew Reiffes
Jeffrey Sural
Julia Warner
Cameron Wilson



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.