Valerie Strauss

Washington, D.C.

Reporter covering education, foreign affairs

Education: Bachelor's degree: University of Miami. Master's degree: Northwestern University

Valerie Strauss covers education and runs The Washington Post's long-running Answer Sheet blog. She sees the education beat broadly and writes about the practice, politics, sociology and psychology and it. She writes her own pieces and publishes on her blog the work of students, teachers, parents, researchers and others to offer readers views other than hers. She has over the years covered and investigated education issues on the local, state and federal levels, as well as preK-12 and higher education and public and private schools. She has attempted to hold policymakers accountable during bot
Latest from Valerie Strauss

The crisis of student mental health is much vaster than we realize

There is too much need and too little help for kids. Even as federal covid relief money has let schools step up their efforts, they also have come up short.

December 5, 2022

Why it’s past time to make children’s health a national priority

Chronically hungry children cannot learn at school. With President Biden recently saying he wants to end child hunger, two experts offer a road map.

November 29, 2022

Twitter chaos, LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and more news literacy lessons

From the News Literacy Project for teachers and everybody else.

November 20, 2022

Disrupting disruption: How 3 school districts improved with steady work

The success of these deceptively ordinary districts offers a template to other school systems.

November 3, 2022

Katy Perry’s eye, zombie rumors and other news literacy lessons

From the News Literacy Project.

November 3, 2022

How a faulty understanding of college admissions hurts affirmative action

A case for why race-based affirmative action still matters for colleges and universities at a time when the Supreme Court could end it.

October 31, 2022

A ‘Texas miracle’ brought us No Child Left Behind. Here’s a new one.

Researchers do a deep dive into the jump in a Texas school district's grade assigned by the state. Is it deserved?

October 30, 2022

Did we need NAEP to tell us students aren’t doing well?

What the scores do and don't tell us.

October 27, 2022

How to diversify America’s teaching corps

No single approach will work, a new report says, but here's what will.

October 21, 2022