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The Editorial Projects in Education Research Center, with support from the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, has conducted a study of the factors that have influenced the educational policy landscape during the past decade.

The list of top-ten information sources includes an eclectic combination of traditional print publications, "new media" outlets such as electronic newsletters and blogs, governmental sources, a journal, and a non-profit organization. Our expert respondents clearly had a diverse view of what constituted an "information source."

The leading information source—the National Assessment of Educational Progress—also emerged as the top-ranked influential study. NAEP offers a wide variety of information to the public in the form of statistical indicators, databases, descriptive and technical reports, research studies, online data tools, and brief publications designed for the general public. The National Center for Education Statistics and the U.S. Department of Education also appear among the more highly-ranked information sources on the short list. Other influential information sources include Education Week, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Education Gadfly, the Public Education Network Weekly Newsblast, Education Next, and Eduwonk.

The ranking of information sources is:

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2. Education Week

3. National Center for Education Statistics

4. New York Times

5. U.S. Department of Education

6. Education Trust

7. Washington Post

8. (tie) Education Next,

8. (tie) Public Education Network Weekly Newsblast

10. Education Gadfly

11. Eduwonk

Do you agree with this list? What sources would you have included?


This is where I get my information, because this is the best place I've been able to find information. Therefore my vote goes to EdWeek.

All I had to do was read the list of the persons featured in the creation of this report and I knew at the onset generally what the "research data" would report, who would be chosen as "influential" and what the recommendations would be. I am surprised Ed Week featured this kind of biased document, which joins the current flurry of intermediary groups claiming bipartisan interest in public education, but in reality represent preset, self serving, partisan biases. The fact that aligned and well heeled organizations are quoted and referenced, does NOT trump authentic and viable educational research emerging from our universities and regional education laboratories.
Again, I am truly saddened and surprised that Ed Week has succumbed.

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