Valerie Strauss

ReporterWashington, D.C.

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They faced a $10 fine if they did not attend.

  • Mar 27, 2015

What is going on in New York is emblematic of what is going on across the country.

  • Mar 27, 2015

‘We don’t get to do writing anymore,” my son says. “Why not?” I ask. ““Because the writing test is over,” he answers.

  • Mar 27, 2015

When acceptances or rejections roll in, please be sure to remember the old adage “if you have nothing good to say, say nothing.”

  • Mar 27, 2015

College degrees are “preferred,” the ad says.

  • Mar 26, 2015

“We know that when someone says ‘education reform,’ it can mean any variety of things.“

  • Mar 26, 2015

Revenues are down too. What’s going on.

  • Mar 26, 2015

Children will look at broader topics and use multi-disciplinary modules, one expert says.

  • Mar 26, 2015

We have a winner in the 2015 USA National Brain Bee Champion: Soren Christensen, a ninth-grader at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Va. Here are some of the questions he had to answer -- plus practice questions.

  • Mar 26, 2015

An adult spends hours with kids in Maine taking practice SBAC Common Core tests. Here’s his report.

  • Mar 26, 2015
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About
Valerie's blog: The Answer Sheet

I’ve been covering education for at least as long as I went to school – from kindergarten through graduate school – and The Answer Sheet gives me the opportunity to keep learning (and get paid for it).

I research my own pieces that reflect the (often unfortunate) historic changes under way in the American public education system, and I publish the work of teachers, parents, researchers and others, some people with whom I disagree. I take a wide view of what constitutes an education topic: Anything that I happen to be interested in (and I try to mention the Beatles or Bruce Springsteen whenever it makes even the slightest bit of sense to include). I like to laugh, so sometimes, I run pieces that make me do that. Read The Answer Sheet and let me know what you think.
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