About the Author

Marcia Kastner

Dr. Marcia Kastner is the former Administrator for Mathematics Test Development at the Massachusetts Department of Education.  As math assessment lead, she oversaw the development of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) math tests, the standardized tests required by state and federal laws and for high school graduation in Massachusetts.


As an experienced educator and technical manager, Marcia has worked extensively in academia, government, and industry in the areas of mathematics, large-scale assessment, systems engineering, software quality assurance, and software development.  She taught middle school and high school mathematics at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools.  As a faculty member at Boston University, she taught operations research, statistics, and probability at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  As a technical staff member at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, she developed the algorithms that control a new lighting system on runways and taxiways at Boston's Logan Airport for preventing collisions and near misses between aircraft.  Her industry experience includes writing and teaching professional training courses in software development, and managing a software testing group. 

Marcia received her Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Harvard University and her S.B. in mathematics from the University of Chicago.