Valerie Strauss

ReporterWashington, D.C.


Here’s what the student newspaper, the Harvard Crimson, found.

  • May 5, 2015

Some thoughts about teacher, during Teacher Appreciation Week, and on National Teacher Day.

  • May 5, 2015

There are schools that have rejected the high-stakes culture of fear that has come to define American education in favor of core values that emphasize more holistic goals such as intellectual and creative growth.

  • May 5, 2015

‘We are expecting more from children at an earlier age, yet children are less prepared to learn than ever before.’ Here’s why.

  • May 4, 2015

Opt out is far bigger than a test refusal event.

  • May 3, 2015

And its impact on student achievement.

  • May 3, 2015

A look at the threats -- and whether the warnings have any bite.

  • May 2, 2015

A teacher examines Common Core test questions after being trained in how to score the tests. Then she asks: ‘What do I do as a teacher when asked to perform an act that goes against my conscience?

  • May 1, 2015

The last of five posts about kids and reading by cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham.

  • May 1, 2015

College Board withholds scores for students from South Korea and China who took the exam on Oct. 11.

  • Oct 30, 2014
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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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