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Margaret began her career as a teacher of students with serious emotional disorders. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Virginia and is a professor in the Department of Special Education, University of Maryland, and serves as the associate director of the Institute for the Study of Exceptional Children, which is a research institute within the College of Education, University of Maryland. She has conducted a number of national research institutes and projects investigating educational reform and students with disabilities, specifically related to standards, large-scale assessments and accountability. Margaret has co-chaired and/or served on three National Academy of Sciences committees related to students with disabilities and national educational reform policies, and has published extensively in areas of standards, assessment and accountability and students with disabilities. She teaches graduate courses in policy studies in the Department of Special Education.