• 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.

    Read more

  • International Speaker

    Speaking Engagements

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

    Read more

  • Meet the Homework Lady

    Cathy Vatterott

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

    Read more

    • Team
    • Unpublished Writings View all

      Viewing pleasure

Rethinking Grading

Grading systems often reward on-time task completion and penalize disorganization and bad behavior. 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.

Available now: Rethinking Homework, 2nd Edition

 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."

This best selling book was first published in 2009.  This updated 2nd edition includes:

  • new research, trends, and poliices
  • economic diversity and the "homework gap"
  • the "achievement culture" and student stress
  • role of homework in standards-based learning
  • flipping homework and classroom instruction


‎Class Dismissed: How too much homework is crushing our teens on Apple Podcasts


‎Why are teens stressed and worried at a time of their lives that should be happy and carefree? It's the million billion dollar question. How did we get to a point where some teens are so hyper-competitive that giving them a "B" on a paper or quiz, is like giving them an "F"?