Education Week

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Education Week
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Type Newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s)Editorial Projects in Education, Inc.
Founder(s)Ronald A. Wolk [1]
PublisherEditorial Projects in Education, Inc.
PresidentMichele J. Givens, President and CEO
Editor-in-chiefScott Montgomery, Editor-in-Chief/Chief Content Officer
Managing editorsKathleen Kennedy Manzo, Managing Editor
Staff writersabout 35 journalists (plus interns) [2]
FoundedSeptember 7, 1981;37 years ago (1981-09-07)
Political alignmentNonpartisan [3]
ISSN 0277-4232
OCLC number 07579948
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Education Week is an independent news organization that has covered K–12 education since 1981. It is known for providing both news and analysis, along with explanatory and investigative journalism across a range of digital, print, and broadcast platforms as well as through live and virtual events. It is owned by Editorial Projects in Education (EPE), a nonprofit organization, whose mission is to raise awareness and understanding of critical issues facing American schools. It is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland in Greater Washington DC.

A nonprofit organization (NPO), also known as a non-business entity, not-for-profit organization, or nonprofit institution, is dedicated to furthering a particular social cause or advocating for a shared point of view. In economic terms, it is an organization that uses its surplus of the revenues to further achieve its ultimate objective, rather than distributing its income to the organization's shareholders, leaders, or members. Nonprofits are tax exempt or charitable, meaning they do not pay income tax on the money that they receive for their organization. They can operate in religious, scientific, research, or educational settings.

Bethesda, Maryland Census-designated place in Maryland, United States

Bethesda is an unincorporated, census-designated place in southern Montgomery County, Maryland, United States, located just northwest of the U.S. capital of Washington, D.C. It takes its name from a local church, the Bethesda Meeting House, which in turn took its name from Jerusalem's Pool of Bethesda. In Aramaic, beth ḥesda means "House of Mercy" and in Hebrew, beit ḥesed means "House of Kindness". The National Institutes of Health main campus and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center are in Bethesda, as are a number of corporate and government headquarters.


The newspaper publishes 37 issues a year, including three special annual reports (Quality Counts, Technology Counts, and Leaders to Learn From). Other in-depth coverage includes regular, deep-dive topical reports on subjects like personalized learning, teacher recruitment, and assessment.


In 1957, Corbin Gwaltney, founder and then editor of Johns Hopkins Magazine for alumni of Johns Hopkins University, and a group of other university alumni magazine editors came together to discuss writing on higher education and decided to form Editorial Projects for Education (EPE), a nonprofit educational organization. Soon after, Gwaltney left Johns Hopkins Magazine to become the first full-time employee of the newly created EPE, starting in an office in his apartment in Baltimore and later moving to an office near the Johns Hopkins campus. [4] He realized that higher education would benefit from a news publication. [5] Gwaltney and other board members of EPE met to plan a new publication. In 1966, EPE published the first issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education . [5] [6] [7]

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<i>The Chronicle of Higher Education</i> newspaper

The Chronicle of Higher Education is a newspaper and website that presents news, information, and jobs for college and university faculty and student affairs professionals. A subscription is required to read some articles.

In 1978, EPE sold Chronicle to its editors and shifted its attention. With the support of several philanthropies, and using the successful model of Chronicle, EPE went on to launch Education Week under the leadership of Ronald A. Wolk. [8] The first issue of Education Week appeared on Sept. 7, 1981, and sought to provide Chronicle-like coverage of elementary and secondary education. [9] It launched with a splash by running a scoop [10] about efforts by President Ronald Reagan's administration to downgrade the U.S. Department of Education, which was then still in its infancy. [1] In August 1981, EPE officially changed the name to Editorial Projects in Education.

Education Week gained an online presence in 1996 with the website, which features breaking news, interactive digital features and a host of news and opinion blogs. [11] In 2015, Education Week acquired Learning Matters, the video production company founded by John Merrow, to expand its video production abilities. [12]

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Education Week Teacher

Targeted at teacher-leaders, Education Week Teacher features news relevant to teachers, along with opinion blogs and webinars. [13]

EdWeek Market Brief

EdWeek Market Brief provides actionable intelligence about the marketplace of K-12 education. Created for both providers of education products and services and school district leaders, Market Brief's original reporting, deep analysis and proprietary, data-driven research focuses on school district purchasing and the companies and products serving K-12 education. [14]

The Education Week Research Center

The Education Week Research Center was founded in 1997 as the research-support team for the annual Quality Counts report. [15]

The center conducts a range of original research each year for that report, as well as Diplomas Count (discontinued in 2016), Education Week,, and outside clients.

Annual reports

Quality Counts

In 1997, Education Week launched Quality Counts, [16] an annual report that uses in-depth journalism and research to investigate important issues in education policy. The report also includes an annual report card on public education in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. From 1997 to 2010, Quality Counts was sponsored by the Pew Center on the States. [17]

In addition to grading the states based on 3 categories: Chance for Success, the K-12 Achievement, and School Finance, each edition of the report has examined a topic of central concern to education policymakers and practitioners. [18] Its themes have included: state efforts in early-childhood education; ensuring a highly qualified teacher for every classroom; school finance; and the role of state standards, assessments, and accountability in education.

Technology Counts

Technology Counts, launched in 1997 and released annually, focuses on top issues related to technology and schools. [19] Previous reports have explored digital content or curriculum, e-learning, and the impact of technology on assessment, among other topics.

Diplomas Count

In 2006, EPE launched Diplomas Count, its annual report on high school graduation policies and rates. [20] The report included graduation rates and patterns for the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The report included downloadable highlights reports on each state. Diplomas Count ended in 2016. [17]

Leaders to Learn From

Starting in 2013, Education Week has honored innovative school district leaders through the Leaders to Learn From report. [21] Featured leaders include superintendents, community engagement officers, nutrition services directors, curriculum specialists and directors of nursing.

Education Week Press

Education Week Press was launched in 2002 to publish books and e-books on behalf of Editorial Projects in Education. Authors include both staff writers and external contributors.

Education Week TopSchoolJobs

Education Week TopSchoolJobs [22] is an employment resource for job-seekers and employers in the education field, including job postings for teachers and K-12 administrators. TopSchoolJobs also offers a directory of professional development resources. [23]


Originally EPE's website primarily housed online versions of Education Week and Teacher Magazine print editions; it now provides daily breaking news and an array of other information resources, including such popular news blogs as Politics K-12, State EdWatch, Curriculum Matters, and an array of opinion blogs. It draws some 1.5 million visitors a month. Full access to the site requires a paid subscription, but readers can access a limited number of articles each month through free registration. [24] is also home to free live chats and webinars on relevant educational topics.

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