• Meet the Homework Lady

    Cathy Vatterott

    Homework Lady was created to provide information to teachers, school administrators, parents, and the general public about the topic of homework.

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    Dr. Cathy Vatterott has traveled and spoken at conferences around the world. See the list of upcoming presentations below.

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  • Meet the Homework Lady

    Cathy Vatterott

    University of Missouri-St. Louis
    College of Education
    One University Blvd.
    St. Louis, MO 63121

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Rethinking Homework

Is homework an essential component of rigorous schooling or a harmful practice that alienates and discourages a significant number of students? The debate over homework has gone on for decades, but schools and families have changed in many ways, and, as author Cathy Vatterott notes, 

"There's a growing suspicion that something is wrong with homework."

Despite our best intentions, grades seem to reflect student compliance more than student learning and engagement. In the process, we inadvertently subvert the learning process.

After careful research and years of experience with grading as a teacher and a parent, Cathy Vatterott examines and debunks traditional practices and policies of grading in K–12 schools. 

She offers a new paradigm for standards-based grading that focuses on student mastery of content and gives concrete examples from elementary, middle, and high schools. 

Rethinking Grading will show all educators how standards-based grading can authentically reflect student progress and learning—and significantly improve both teaching and learning.