Education Week is a United States national newspaper covering K–12 education. It is published by Editorial Projects in Education (EPE), a nonprofit 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 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. He realized that higher education would benefit from a news publication. 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.
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.
Education Week gained an online presence in 1996 with the website edweek.org, which features breaking news, interactive digital features and a host of news and opinion blogs.
Education Week Teacher
Targeted at teacher-leaders, Education Week Teacher features news relevant to teachers, along with opinion blogs and webinars.
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.
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.
The center conducts a range of original research each year for that report, as well as Diplomas Count, Education Week, edweek.org, and outside clients.
In 1997, Education Week launched Quality Counts, 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.
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. 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, 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.
In 2006, EPE launched Diplomas Count, its annual report on high school graduation policies and rates. 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 2015.
Leaders to Learn From
Starting in 2013 Education Week has honored innovative school district leaders through the Leaders to Learn From report. 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 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.
Originally EPE's website edweek.org 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. Edweek.org is also home to free live chats and webinars on relevant educational topics.