Education writer and author of The Answer Sheet Education: Bachelor's degree: University of Miami. Master's degree: Northwestern University
Valerie Strauss covers education and runs The Washington Post's Answer Sheet blog. She writes and researches pieces for the blog that reflect the changes underway in American education. She also publishes the work of teachers, parents, researchers and others -- some with whom she disagrees -- on her blog to expand the range of views that are presented.
She came to the Post as an assistant foreign editor for Asia in 1997 after working for Reuters as national security editor and a military/foreign affairs reporter. Before that she was assistant foreign editor of United Press International, and ditor at The Los Angeles Times.
"I used to encourage my students to use the introduction of their AIR test essays to 'wake up' the human assessor who had probably already read dozens of essays about the same topic. Now, I must teach them to consider how a programmed computer might view their words.”