Wakefield, New Hampshire School Board Votes to Adopt Their Own Standards

This is what happens when local school board members do their own research into the Common Core.

Dr. Stotsky retired from the University of Arkansas in December 2012.  She is now Professor of Education Emerita. 

  • She was Senior Associate Commissioner in the Massachusetts Department of Education from 1999 to 2003, where she was in charge of revising all K-12 academic standards, teacher and administrator licensing regulations and licensure tests, and professional development.
  • As a result of what she did, Bay State students became first on NAEP tests in 2005, in grades 4 and 8, in both reading and mathematics, and have stayed there ever since (the latest tests were in 2011).
  • Bay State students also tied for first place in science in grade 8 on the TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) and were among the highest achieving countries in mathematics.
  • She was also on Common Core’s Validation Committee in 2009-2010 and was among the 5 members of the committee who refused, due to her professional academic concerns, to sign off on the standards in May 2010

You can read more about Dr. Stotsky’s offer of free help with new ELA standards to any school board in the country at:  Sandra Stotsky: Local School Boards Must Take Action Now

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