ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

Sandra Stotsky

Sandra Stotsky is a nationally known advocate of standards-based reform and strong academic standards and assessments for students and teachers. Her research ranges from the quality of state standards, teacher preparation programs, and teacher licensure tests to the strength of English curricula.

She was appointed by Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings to serve on the National Mathematics Advisory Panel in 2006 and coauthored its final report as well as two of its task-group reports. From 1999 to 2003, she served as senior associate commissioner in the Massachusetts Department of Education, where she directed complete revisions of the state's pre-K–12 standards for all major subjects; its licensing regulations for teachers, administrators, and teacher training schools; and its tests for teacher licensure. In addition, she planned and directed major research projects on middle-school mathematics education; research reports on various curricular areas in pre-K–12; and statewide conferences on history education, character education, mathematics education, and Structured English Immersion.

From 1984 to 2000, she was a research associate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education affiliated with the Philosophy of Education Research Center (PERC). For 12 years, she directed a summer institute on civic education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, sponsored by the Lincoln and Therese Filene Foundation. For six years, she directed a We the People program, cosponsored by the Filene Foundation and the Center for Civic Education in California. From 1991 to 1997, she served as editor of Research in the Teaching of English, the research journal sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English. On a consultant basis from 1992 to 2002, she worked for the United States Information Service and the U.S. State Department on the development of civic education programs in Poland, Lithuania, Ukraine, and Romania with educators and ministry officials in Eastern Europe. She has taught elementary school; French and German at the high-school level; and undergraduate and graduate courses in reading, children's literature, and writing pedagogy.

Her major publications include What’s at Stake in the K–12 Standards Wars: A Primer for Educational Policy Makers (Peter Lang, 2000) and Losing Our Language (Free Press, 1999, reprinted by Encounter Books, 2002). Her research and writing address many areas and disciplines in education.