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Crystal Y. Walcott, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Mathematics Education
Division of Education
CC Room 155G

PHONE: 812.348.7346
FAX: 812.348.7338

Biographical Statement

Chris is a native of Columbus, IN, graduating from Columbus North High school. After receiving her undergraduate degree in mathematics from the University of North Dakota, she began her career as a classroom teacher before returning to Indiana University Bloomington to complete both a Master's and a Ph.D. degree. At IUB, she worked as a mathematics content specialist at the Center for Innovation in Assessment where she collaborated with the Indiana Department of Education on the creation of the state's mathematics academic standards and supporting resources. During the 2006-07 academic year, Chris served as a visiting professor at IUPUI's School of Education. In the fall of 2007, she began her work at IUPUC where she teaches in the Elementary Teacher Education program. Chris' research focus is secondary analysis of mathematics results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). She currently serves as co-Principal Investigator on a NAEP secondary analysis grant funded by the National Science Foundation and housed at IU Bloomington.


  • Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (2006)
  • M.I.S. in Information Science, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (2000)
  • B.S. in Mathematics, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND (1988)

Professional Activities

  • Program Committee Member, Annual Conference of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators
  • Journal Reviewer, School Science and Mathematics
  • Lead Mathematics Program Reviewer, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
  • Journal Reviewer, Teaching Children Mathematics
  • Member, School Science and Mathematics Association
  • Member, Indiana Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (IACTE)
  • Member, Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators
  • Member, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Courses Taught

  • EDUC-E 345: Early Literacy and Numeracy
  • EDUC-M 303: Field Experience
  • EDUC-M 304: Field Experience
  • EDUC-M425: Student Teaching K-6
  • EDUC-M 470: Student Teaching Practicum
  • EDUC-N 343: Mathematics in Elementary Schools
  • EDUC-P 507: Assessment in Schools (IUPUI)
  • EDUC-W 505: Teaching Algebra in the Middle Grades

Administrative & Service Responsibilities

  • Division representative, Council on Teacher Education, IUPUI
  • Division representative, Education Council, IU School of Education system-wide
  • Member, Nominations review team for IUPUI/IUPUC Faculty Colloquium on Excellence inTeaching (FaCET)
  • Committee Member, Higher Learning Commission Accreditation
  • Author of Criterion 2C of the IUPUC institutional report
  • Member, IUPUC Office of Student Research committee
  • Member, IUPUC Faculty Awards Committee
  • Member, various search and screen committees for new faculty/staff
  • Member, three doctoral dissertation committees at IU Bloomington

Research Activities

The predominant aim of Chris’s research is to shed light on student achievement in mathematics by using quantitative data to make sense of trends in student achievement. In 2002, she began work as a doctoral student with IU-SMAP (Indiana University School Mathematics Assessment Project), funded with a grant from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. In July of 2010, the National Science Foundation awarded $1.5 million for the IU-SMAP group to continue researching the NAEP secure dataset. Chris currently serves as co-Principal Investigator on this three-year grant.

Awards & Activities

  • Indiana University Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching (FACET), Inducted 2012
  • Indiana University School of Education Gorman Teaching Award nominee, 2012
  • IUPUC Outstanding Full-time Faculty: Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Award recipient, 2012
  • Indiana University Trustees’ Teaching Award recipient, 2011
  • IUPUC Outstanding Full-time Faculty Teaching Award recipient, 2010


  • Kloosterman, et al. (in press). Using NAEP to analyze 8th grade students' ability to reason algebraically. Invited chapter to be published in the research monograph, Design, Results, and Implications of Large-Scale Studies in Mathematics, (J. Middleton & J. Cai, Eds.)
  • Roach, M., Mohr, D., & Walcott, C. (in press). Comparing Indiana and National mathematics performance. To be published in the journal, Indiana Mathematics Teacher.
  • Kloosterman, P., Walcott, C., Roach, M., & Mohr, D. (2012). Performance trends in algebraic reasoning: 1996 to 2011. In L. R. Van Zoest, J. Lo, & J. L. Kratky (Eds.), Proceedings of the Thirty-fourth Annual Meeting of the North American Chapter for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, 985 – 988.
  • Walcott, C., Kloosterman, P., & Mohr, D. (2012). Looking at NAEP and Standards through the same lens. Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 17(9), 516-518.
  • Walcott, C. & Stickles, P. R. (2012). Calculator use on NAEP: A look at fourth- and eighth-grade mathematics achievement. Journal of School Science and Mathematics, 112(4), 241-254.
  • Kloosterman, P. & Walcott, C. (2010). What we teach is what students learn: Evidence from the National Assessment. In B. Reys, R. Reys & R. Rubenstein (Eds.), The seventy-second annual yearbook of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
  • Gillette, A. & Walcott, C. (2010). Best practices in providing math assistance. In D.Sorrells (Ed.), Proceedings of the 2009 Regional Summit on Improving College Student Success. Columbus, IN: Center for Teaching and Learning.
  • Kloosterman, P., Mohr, D., Roach, M. & Walcott, C. (2010). Performance of Indiana students on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). A report to the Indiana Department of Education, June 30, 2010.
  • Walcott, C., Mohr, D., & Kastberg, S. (2009). Making sense of shape: An analysis of children's written responses. Journal of Mathematical Behavior, 28(1), 30-40.
  • Mohr, D., Walcott, C. & Kastberg, S. (2008). Using your inner voice to guide instruction. Teaching Children Mathematics, 15(2), 112-119.
  • Lambdin, D. V. & Walcott, C. (2007). Connections between psychological learning theories and the elementary school curriculum. In. G. Martin & M. Strutchens (Eds.), The sixty-ninth annual yearbook of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
  • Mohr, D., Walcott, C. & Kastberg, S. (2007). The growth of the dynamic figural concept: Sensemaking strategies applied to conceptions of shape. In D. K. Pugalee, A. Rogerson & A. Schinck (Eds.), Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference of Mathematics Education in a Global Community. Charlotte, N.C., USA: The University of North Carolina Charlotte.
  • Blume, G. W., Galindo, E., & Walcott, C. (2007). Performance in measurement and geometry as seen through the lens of principles and standards for school mathematics. In P. Kloosterman & F. K. Lester (Eds.), Results and interpretations of the 2003 mathematics assessments of the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
  • Kloosterman, P. & Walcott, C. (2007). The 2003 mathematics NAEP: Overall results. In P. Kloosterman & F. K. Lester (Eds.), Results and interpretations of the 2003 mathematics assessments of the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
  • Stickles, P. R., & Walcott, C. (2006). Understanding NAEP data. In C. A. Brown & L. V. Clark (Eds.), Learning from NAEP: Professional development materials for teachers of mathematics. Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
  • Spradlin, T. E., Kirk, R., Walcott, C., Kloosterman, P., Zaman, K., McNabb, S., et al.(2005). Is the achievement gap in Indiana narrowing? (Special Report September 2005). Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Center for Evaluation and Education Policy.

Contact, Address and Additional Links


4601 Central Avenue
Columbus, IN 47203

Phone: 812.348.7311

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