Dr. James Martin-Rehrmann was appointed Assistant Professor of Education in Fall 1989 after receiving his Ph.D. in Reading Education with a minor in Statistics, Tests and Measurement from Syracuse University that same year. Prior to his study at Syracuse, he was a special education teacher in both public and private schools and he worked with adults with special needs in residential settings. His academic interests include literacy education, classroom level performance assessment, measurement, and state and national polices related to large-scale assessments in our public schools.
Dr. Martin-Rehrmann is professor and former Dean of Education at WSU. In addition to teaching responsibilities, he serves as assistant Coordinator for Assessment and Accreditation for Educator Preparation. Dr. Martin-Rehrmann recently coordinated a five-year (2007-2012) United States Department of Education professional development grant for six faculty members at Westfield State designed to improve English Language Learner (ELL) methodology taught in pre-service methods courses for teacher candidates. He is past president of the Massachusetts Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (MACTE) serving on the board from 2006 to 2014. He represented MACTE on the Educational Personnel Advisory Council (EPAC) from 2012 to 2014. Dr. Martin-Rehrmann has been a member of two Department of Elementary and Secondary Education task forces charged with making recommendations to the Commissioner: Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) Pass Rate Study Group (2007-2008); and the Massachusetts Advocates for Diversity in Education Task Force (2013-2014). Dr. Martin-Rehrmann was a consultant for several years on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) at Educational Testing Service in Princeton, NJ. He has also consulted with area school districts on both curriculum revision and utilization of large-scale assessment data.