Dr. Cathy Vatterott Bio

Cathy Vatterott

Dr. Cathy Vatterott is a Professor of Education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. As a former middle school teacher and principal, and the parent of a college graduate, she has experienced homework from a variety of perspectives. She is the author of four books: Rethinking Homework: Best Practices That Support Diverse Needs (ASCD, 2009; 2nd edition this fall), Rethinking Grading: Meaningful Assessment for Standards Based Learning (ASCD, 2015) Becoming a Middle Level Teacher: Student-focused Teaching of Early Adolescents (McGraw Hill, 2007), and Academic Success through Empowering Students (National Middle School Association, 1999). Her most recent article about homework appeared in the March 2017 issue of Educational Leadership. She frequently presents at national conferences and has served as a consultant and workshop presenter for K-12 schools on homework and standards-based grading. 

She first became interested in homework in the late 1990’s as the frustrated parent of a 5th grader with learning disabilities. Since then, she has presented her homework research to over 12,000 educators and parents in the United States, Canada, and Europe. 

Dr. Vatterott is considered an international expert on the topic of K-12 homework and is often interviewed by media such as the New York Times, National Public Radio, Time.com, USA Today, BBC World News Service, the Globe and Mail, and the Guardian as well as by writers from parenting magazines and educational organizations. She also serves on the advisory board for Parents magazine. She can be reached through this website or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.