Sandra Stotsky

Sandra Stotsky is retired from the University of Arkansas, where she held the chair in 21st Century Teacher Quality. She served as Senior Associate Commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education from 1999-2003.

Items by Sandra Stotsky

Why Sally Can’t Teach Math:
What Needs To Be Re-Invented In Elementary Teacher Education

Why Johnny Isn’t Learning Real History Anymore In Massachusetts

Time for the President To Pay More Attention To Picking A Secretary of Education

How To Clean Up the Common Core Mess in Massachusetts

The Latest Strategy To Deceive Parents

How Common Core-Aligned Tests Are Turning College Students Into High School Students

How Common Core Is Destroying Training of Teachers

Should Elementary Teachers Learn How To Teach Reading or Just Wing It?

New Pioneer Report Right on Common Core Damage, But Massachusetts Still Needs Standards-Based Reforms in Education

Why We Don’t Learn Much from (the Few) Effective Education Policies or Programs

How To Become Secretary of Education Without Really Doing Anything

Why Aren’t Magnet Schools More on Educrats’ Radar?

When You Set Lousy Goals in Education, You Get Lousy Results

Want To Empower Parents in Public Education?  Here Are the Bureaucracies That Have To Go

Is Common Core Racist?  Check Out The Results

Why Educational Policies Fail:  The Elephant in the Family Room

Time for Feds To Come Clean on ‘Nation’s Report Card’ Tests

Should Local Taxpayers Pay for an Incoherent English Curriculum?

Want To Improve Teacher Training?  Stop Playing Games With Teacher Standards

How You Lost Control of Your Local Schools

Common Core Is Dead, Long Live Common Core

Did Teachers Really Used To Make Kids Memorize Without Understanding?

Are Education Achievement Gaps Based on Poverty?

How to Fool the Public, One Education Test At A Time

‘Diversity’:  The Major Obstacle in Strengthening Teacher Quality

Congress on Education:  If It Don’t Work, Don’t Fix It

Want the Feds To Run Local Public Schools?  Make ‘Em Get A Permission Slip from Parents

Dumbing Down What Students Read Didn’t Make Them Any Smarter

Is There Anything Common Core Gets Right?

Why Can’t We Raise Academic Requirements for K-12 Teachers?

Why Spend Billions on Professional Development for Teachers?

The Federal Government’s War on Local School Boards

How Do You Sell Common Core Standards and Tests To Unwilling Parents? Hide Them

Why Charter Schools Aren’t a Magic Trick for Poor Kids

How Dumb Do We Want Prospective Teachers To Be?

Lies They Told You About Common Core

Why Accountability to Fed-u-crats Is Damaging Student Achievement

Who Should Be In Charge of the U.S. Department of Education and Why?

Do Parents Matter? Questions Senators Should Ask Education Nominee Betsy DeVos

Why parents are concerned about Trump’s appointment for USED

The next education frontier: Classroom choice

Test-based accountability: The best we can do?

Mass. activists want high school history to stress political activism over founding principles

A rose by any other name …

Our judiciary failed our public schools – and our democracy

The curriculum is changing, once again without public discussion

Were Common Core’s ELA Standards written by charlatans? Sure seems so. 

Reform teacher licensing now

Are knowledge and facts no longer relevant?

The Common Core journalism blackout

Spreading the Massachusetts ‘education miracle’

Hey Ho! Hey Ho! Western Civ. has to go! In Massachusetts, too

School choice: Fig leaf of the pro-Common Core Right

Acts of deception have morphed into bullying

Opting out: A civic duty, not civil disobedience

To improve teacher quality, ditch Common Core

The high cost of academically under-qualified teachers

How Massachusetts — not the feds — improved student achievement

Deliberately deceiving the public on Common Core

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