Dr. Cathy Vatterott Bio
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 Grading: Meaningful Assessment for Standards Based Learning (ASCD, 2015) Rethinking Homework: Best Practices That Support Diverse Needs (ASCD, 2009), 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 2014 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 as the frustrated parent of a 5th grader with learning disabilities. Since then, she has presented her homework research to over 10,000 educators and parents in the United States, Canada, and Europe and has conducted several Professional Development Institutes about homework for ASCD.
Dr. Vatterott is considered a national expert on the topic of K-12 homework and is often interviewed by media such as the New York Times, National Public Radio, BBC World News Service, and USA Today, as well as such magazines as Parents, Better Homes and Gardens, Child, and Working Mother. Discussions about the grading of homework in her presentations in the U.S. and Canada revealed a major disconnect between how grades are typically used in K-12 classrooms and our goal of helping students meet academic standards. These discussions were the catalyst for her latest research about standards based grading and the focus of her latest book, Rethinking Grading: Meaningful Assessment for Standards Based Learning.