Dr. Sandra Stotsky, a member of the President’s National Math Panel who had learned of Ridgewood’s internal math divisions, offered to make her extraordinary expertise available to Ridgewood’s administrators seeking to align the district’s K-5 math curriculum for students. Stotsky, if invited, would have joined the process already underway to learn from various experts in the education and mathematics fields. A quick read of Dr. Stotsky’s background brands her as a stellar light in the mathematics field, with tremendous national and international recognition. An accomplished mathematician, consultant, author and speaker, Stotsky advised Massachusetts, which was one of only two U.S. states to receive top scores in the international TIMMS tests, scores that rank them near the Asian countries that lead the TIMMS every year. None of the experts selected by Ridgewood for math guidance compares to her background, experience and achievements. Instead, Ridgewood’s top administrators prefer to hear from its unbalanced and patently reformist math panel of Philip Daro, Nancy Schultz, Alfred Posamentier, and Joseph Rosenstein. So with two years into our local math wars, and no solution in sight, why would Regina Botsford and Daniel Fishbein pass up such an offer? It’s anyone’s guess.
Sandra Stotsky – Harvard Graduate School of Education
Research Scholar in the School of Education at Northeastern University
Senior Associate Commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Education
Research Associate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education
Consultant, United States Information Service and the U.S. State Department (developed civic education programs in Poland, Lithuania, Ukraine, and Romania)
Chair, Sadlier-Oxford Mathematics Advisory Board
Member, Advisory Board for the Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School, Marlborough, Massachusetts
Member, ERIC Steering Committee for the U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences
Member, Steering Committee for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading assessment framework for 2009.
Editor, What’s at Stake in the K-12 Standards Wars: A Primer for Educational Policy Makers (Peter Lang, 2000)
Author, Losing Our Language (Free Press, 1999, reprinted by Encounter Books, 2002)
Her publications address “School-related influences on grade 8 mathematics performance in Massachusetts”(Third Education Group Review, 2005) and Progress in Mathematics Research Base (a 2005 review of mathematics education research and related reading research, for W.H. Sadlier, Inc.).
Teacher, elementary school, French and German at the high school level, and undergraduate and graduate courses in reading, children’s literature, and writing pedagogy.