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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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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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DOOLITTLE, JOHN T, Republican Party
California

Total number of trips - 24
Total cost of trips - $68,181.99

Average cost per trip - $2,840.92
Total number of days spent traveling - 77 days
Rank of representative - 77 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 4, 2001 - January 5, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - Educational - retreat in Baltimore for CATs.
Notes - Transport costs are for parking.

Travel Cost - $22.00
Lodging Cost - $175.00
Meal Cost - $168.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $365.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - California Cable Television Association
Dates - August 9, 2001 - August 10, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Sacramento, CA - Lake Tahoe, CA

Purpose - Participation on panel for perspectives on cable television
Notes - Child Courtney Doolittle accompanied. Other costs are for Hyatt camp. Asked sponsor to pay $1000 to charitable organization Oakton Ward c/o Carl Monte in lieu of paying honorarium.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $239.60
Meal Cost - $133.35
Other Cost - $66.00
Total Cost - $438.95

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 9, 2001 - March 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose -
Notes - Spouse Julie Doolittle and child Courtney Doolittle accompanied. Meals included in lodging cost.

Travel Cost - $278.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,228.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - California Rifle and Pistol Association
Dates - February 15, 2002 - February 16, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - CA

Purpose - educational
Notes - [assumed destination]

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $210.66
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $210.66

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 28, 2002 - January 29, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - educational retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $10.00
Lodging Cost - $129.00
Meal Cost - $146.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $285.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - California Independent Petroleum Association
Dates - May 30, 2002 - June 1, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - CA

Purpose - educational
Notes - spouse Julie Doolittle -- no location indicated. Other costs only specified as 'misc.' [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $400.00
Lodging Cost - $481.58
Meal Cost - $21.00
Other Cost - $24.00
Total Cost - $926.58

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Pacific Lumber Company
Dates - March 28, 2002 - March 29, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - educational
Notes - spouse and child: Julie and Courtney -- no location indicated

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $165.00
Meal Cost - $136.68
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $301.68

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Association
Dates - January 9, 2003 - January 12, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Educational
Notes - Spouse Julie Doolittle accompanied. Other costs are for room incidentals

Travel Cost - $1,585.00
Lodging Cost - $879.63
Meal Cost - $578.32
Other Cost - $42.13
Total Cost - $3,085.08

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Right to Work Committee
Dates - October 25, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Raleigh, NC

Purpose - Speaking engagement at dinner
Notes - Spouse Julie Doolittle accompanied.

Travel Cost - $731.00
Lodging Cost - $89.27
Meal Cost - $84.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $904.27

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Dates - July 18, 2003 - July 20, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Spouse Julie Doolittle accompanied.

Travel Cost - $1,411.55
Lodging Cost - $513.20
Meal Cost - $126.54
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,051.29

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - January 29, 2003 - January 31, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - St. Michaels, MD

Purpose - Educational
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $307.00
Meal Cost - $410.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $717.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Educational
Notes - Spouse Julie and child Courtney accompanied. Meals included in lodging

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $904.00
Meal Cost - $322.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,576.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 21, 2004 - January 23, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Cambridge, MD

Purpose - Educational - Conservative Members Retreat
Notes - other costs were "incidental"

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $300.00
Meal Cost - $158.50
Other Cost - $39.13
Total Cost - $497.63

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Westin Mission Hills, CA

Purpose - educational retreat - California Delegation Retreat 2003
Notes - Wife Julie and daughter Courtney Doolittle accompanied - other expenses were 20.37 for group activities and 20.37 for Julie group activities and 105.84 for Courtney kids program

Travel Cost - $449.36
Lodging Cost - $799.92
Meal Cost - $1,075.29
Other Cost - $146.58
Total Cost - $2,471.15

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute, Inc.
Dates - January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - St. Michaels, MD

Purpose - educational retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $306.72
Meal Cost - $593.49
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $900.21

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Sierra Pacific Industries
Dates - January 29, 2000 - January 29, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Mariposa, CA

Purpose - travel to subcommittee hearing
Notes -

Travel Cost - $200.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $200.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - California Cable Television Association
Dates - August 10, 2000 - August 12, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Stockton, CA - Lake Tahoe, CA

Purpose - participation on panel for perspectives on cable television
Notes - Accompanied by wife Julie Doolittle

Travel Cost - $70.00
Lodging Cost - $217.28
Meal Cost - $30.83
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $318.11

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - February 3, 2005 - February 5, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - Educational
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $425.26
Meal Cost - $304.47
Other Cost - $39.41
Total Cost - $769.14

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Korea-US Exchange Council
Dates - February 19, 2005 - February 23, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - Seoul, South Korea - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Purpose - Educational/Fact Finding
Notes - 2/19 - depart Washington, DC; 2/20 - arrive Seoul, South Korea; 2/23 - depart Seoul, South Korea for Kuala Lumpur

Travel Cost - $11,870.74
Lodging Cost - $1,800.00
Meal Cost - $225.00
Other Cost - $105.00
Total Cost - $14,000.74

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - US Malaysia Exchange Assn
Dates - February 23, 2005 - February 28, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Langkawi, Malaysia

Purpose - Educational/Fact Finding
Notes - 2/23 - arrive Kuala Lumpur from Seoul, South Korea; 2/25 - depart Kuala Lumpur for Langkawi; 2/28 - depart Langkawi for Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $12,553.74
Lodging Cost - $2,393.00
Meal Cost - $456.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $15,402.74

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - November 29, 2004 - December 1, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Irvington, VA

Purpose - Leadership retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $339.00
Meal Cost - $389.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $728.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation, Pepperdine Univ
Dates - August 14, 2005 - August 17, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Malibu, CA

Purpose - Educational Congressional retreat
Notes - Sacramento, CA - Pepperdine (LAX) - Washington, DC Including spouse Transportation expense: $20 (Pepperdine) $844.8 (Heritage) Other Expenses: $63 (Pepperdine) $35 (Heritage)

Travel Cost - $864.80
Lodging Cost - $477.00
Meal Cost - $568.26
Other Cost - $98.00
Total Cost - $2,008.06

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation, Pepperdine Univ
Dates - August 14, 2005 - August 17, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Educational Congressional retreat
Notes - Sacramento - Pepperdine (LAX) - Washington, DC Including spouse Transportation expense: Pepperdine $20.00 Heritage $844.80 Other expenses: Pepperdine $63.00 Heritage $35.00

Travel Cost - $864.80
Lodging Cost - $477.00
Meal Cost - $568.26
Other Cost - $98.00
Total Cost - $2,008.06

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 21, 2005 - August 28, 2005 (8 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - Education mission
Notes - Dulles - Israel - Dulles

Travel Cost - $8,078.70
Lodging Cost - $5,014.00
Meal Cost - $1,248.48
Other Cost - $2,447.46
Total Cost - $16,788.64

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.