Education Week

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Education Week
Education Week's logo
Type Newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Editorial Projects in Education, Inc.
Founder(s) Ronald A. Wolk, Chairman of the Board of Editorial Projects in Education, Inc.
Publisher Editorial Projects in Education, Inc.
Editor Virginia B. Edwards, President and Editor
Staff writers 72 employees (plus interns) as of Spring 2010[1]
Founded September 1981
Language English
Headquarters 6935 Arlington Road, Bethesda MD 20814
Circulation 37,314[2] (2011)
ISSN 0277-4232
OCLC number 07579948

Education Week is a United States national newspaper covering K–12 education. It is published by Editorial Projects in Education (EPE), a non-profit organization, which is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland in Greater Washington DC. The newspaper publishes 37 issues a year, three of them special annual reports (Quality Counts, Technology Counts, and Diplomas Count).


In 1959, 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, later renamed Editorial Projects in Education), 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.[3] He realized that higher education would benefit from a news publication.[4] Gwaltney and other board members of EPE met to plan a new publication. In 1966, EPE founded and published the first issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education.[4][5][6]

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. The first issue of Education Week appeared on Sept. 7, 1981, and sought to provide Chronicle-like coverage of elementary and secondary education.[7]

The EPE Research Center[edit]

The EPE Research Center was originally founded in 1996 as the research-support team for the then upcoming and planned annual Quality Counts report.

The seven-person center conducts a range of original research each year for that report, as well as Technology Counts, Diplomas Count, Education Week,, and outside clients.

Annual reports[edit]

Quality Counts[edit]

In 1997, Education Week launched Quality Counts, an annual report card on public education in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, with support from the Pew Charitable Trusts.

In addition to grading the states based on more than 100 indicators related to K-12 education, each edition of the report has examined a topic of central concern to education policymakers and practitioners. 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[edit]

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

Diplomas Count[edit]

In 2006, EPE released Diplomas Count, its annual report on high school graduation policies and rates. Supported by a four-year, $2.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the report received extensive national news coverage. The report includes graduation rates and patterns for the 50 states and the nation’s 50 largest school districts.


Originally EPE's website primarily housed online versions of Education Week and Teacher Magazine; it now provides daily breaking news and an array of other information resources, including such popular blogs as [Politics K-12]. Full access to the site requires a paid subscription, but much of it is available through free registration. is also home to free live chats and Webinars on relevant educational topics.

Education Week Press[edit]

Education Week Press was launched in 2002 to publish books written by educators and experts from both within EPE and outside the organization.


  1. ^ "Mission and History". Education Week. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  2. ^ ABC
  3. ^ Cf. Baldwin, Patricia L. (1995)
  4. ^ a b De Pasquale, Sue (April 2000). "A Model of Lively Thought". Johns Hopkins Magazine (Johns Hopkins University). Retrieved March 30, 2010. 
  5. ^ Viadero, Debra, Education Week: "A Media Organization With Many Faces". Education Week, September 6, 2006
  6. ^ Cf. Baldwin, Joyce (2006)
  7. ^ Archer, Jeff, "Education Week: The Story Behind the Stories", Education Week, September 6, 2006

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