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.

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.

Back to all reports


DOGGETT, LLOYD A MR., Democratic Party
Texas

Total number of trips - 13
Total cost of trips - $119,229.93

Average cost per trip - $9,171.53
Total number of days spent traveling - 137 days
Rank of representative - 25 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 26, 2000 - June 4, 2000 (10 days)
Location(s) - Vancouver, Canada

Purpose - Participation in Conference on US-China relations
Notes - Accompanied by wife Libby Doggett

Travel Cost - $3,497.68
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,497.68

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 17, 2000 - September 3, 2000 (18 days)
Location(s) - Zurich, Switzerland - Prague, Czech Republic - Kiev, Ukraine

Purpose - participation in a conference on US-Russia relations
Notes - Accompanied by wife Libby Doggett

Travel Cost - $4,485.80
Lodging Cost - $525.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,810.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 25, 2001 - June 5, 2001 (12 days)
Location(s) - Florence, Italy

Purpose - To participate in a conference on the convergence of US National Security and the Global Environment
Notes - Spouse Dr. Elizabeth Doggett accompanied. Other costs are for ground transportation.

Travel Cost - $5,311.80
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $1,280.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $8,791.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 19, 2001 - August 26, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Helsinki, Finland

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US - Russia relations
Notes - Spouse Dr. Elizabeth Doggett accompanied. Other costs are for ground transportation.

Travel Cost - $4,717.80
Lodging Cost - $1,500.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost - $400.00
Total Cost - $8,217.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 29, 2002 - April 7, 2002 (10 days)
Location(s) - China

Purpose - to participate in a conference on U.S.-China relations
Notes - spouse Libby Doggett

Travel Cost - $13,000.00
Lodging Cost - $1,800.00
Meal Cost - $2,000.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $16,800.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 10, 2002 - January 15, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - participate in a conference on Islam
Notes - spouse Libby Doggett

Travel Cost - $2,746.35
Lodging Cost - $2,925.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,871.35

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Alaska Rainforest Campaign
Dates - May 27, 2002 - June 1, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Sitka, AK - Juneau, AK

Purpose - Tongass National Forest fact-finding trip
Notes - spouse Dr. Elizabeth Doggett

Travel Cost - $1,929.84
Lodging Cost - $1,268.00
Meal Cost - $1,020.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,217.84

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 8, 2003 - August 24, 2003 (17 days)
Location(s) - Moscow, Russia

Purpose - Attending conference on US - Russia relations
Notes - Spouse Libby Doggett accompanied

Travel Cost - $4,809.80
Lodging Cost - $1,325.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,734.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - January 12, 2003 - January 20, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Singapore - Thailand - Cambodia

Purpose - Meeting with Singaporean governmental business and academic leaders
Notes - Spouse Libby Doggett accompanied

Travel Cost - $14,692.00
Lodging Cost - $900.00
Meal Cost - $1,000.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $16,592.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 22, 2004 - May 31, 2004 (10 days)
Location(s) - Spain

Purpose - To participate in a conference on political Islam
Notes - wife Elizabeth Doggett accompanied - other cost was ground transportation

Travel Cost - $3,107.60
Lodging Cost - $2,275.00
Meal Cost - $1,968.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $7,550.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Intl Management & Development Institute
Dates - February 17, 2005 - February 23, 2005 (7 days)
Location(s) - France

Purpose - Participation in U.S.-French Congressional Roundtable
Notes - US - France - US Personal Expense 3 days

Travel Cost - $6,642.52
Lodging Cost - $502.00
Meal Cost - $350.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,494.52

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 24, 2005 - April 4, 2005 (12 days)
Location(s) - Shanghai, China - Beijing, China

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US-China Relations
Notes - Austin, TX - Shanghai, China - Beijing, China - Washington, DC Dates of Personal Expense: 2 Including spouse

Travel Cost - $14,514.04
Lodging Cost - $1,532.00
Meal Cost - $1,800.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $17,846.04

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 27, 2005 - June 7, 2005 (12 days)
Location(s) - Istanbul, Turkey

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Washington - Istanbul / Istanbul - Washington Including spouse Dates of personal expense: 5

Travel Cost - $4,354.70
Lodging Cost - $2,250.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,804.70

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.