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About Kathryn A. McDermott

Kathryn McDermott conducts research on the formation and implementation of state-level education policy and the effects of policy on educational equity. In 2001, she led a statewide study of Massachusetts’ capacity to implement the Education Reform Act of 1993, and also has examined the role of policy in providing access to higher education in New England. She is the author of Controlling Public Education: Localism Versus Equity, which critiques the current American system of local control of public schools. Her recent book, High Stakes Reform: The Politics of Educational Accountability, places growing demands for educational accountability within the general context of performance measurement policy and examines the policy interventions of states in local school districts.


Present Associate Professor, Department of Educational Policy, Research & Administration, College of Education, University of Massachusetts Amherst


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Honors and Awards

  • 2015-16 College Outstanding Teacher Award University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • 2016 Spencer Foundation Mid-Career Grant

Contact Information

Room 429, Hills House North
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst MA, 01003
Tel: 413-545-3562


Books (2)

Unpublished Papers (3)

Documents Cited in Research on TASAP (13)