The Top Twitter Feeds in Education Policy

By 08/12/2013

17 Comments | Print | NO PDF |

In what has become an annual summertime tradition, I present to you the top education policy twitter feeds circa 2013. (Click for the 2012 and 2011 versions.) Klout scores are the metric; a primary focus on education policy is the only qualifier.

Click to enlarge

The most obvious feature of this list is consistency; there are only a handful of newcomers this year, and the rankings changed only slightly. (This even though the Klout metric continues to evolve and, yes, can be gamed by savvy users.)

The “rookie of the year” award goes to the National Council on Teacher Quality, appearing on the list at an impressive rank of 15. No doubt the organization’s review of the nation’s teacher preparation programs generated a lot of buzz (and social media attention) in recent months. John Bailey and Carrie Schneider, ed tech experts both, climb onto the list for the first time, too.

The list is also an interesting mix of individuals (17) and organizations (15). Among the former, 29 percent are women; all of the individuals (to my knowledge) are white or Asian. (What’s up with that?) And among organizations, there are five newspapers, journals, or blogs; four think tanks; three membership organizations; two advocacy groups; and one big fat federal agency.

What else do you notice? And whom did I overlook? The comments section is open.

—Mike Petrilli

Note: I overlooked some important people! An updated version of the top twitter feeds list can be found here.

Comment on this article
  • Khalilah says:

    Can I restate the all white/few Asian status of this list as a glaring and telling fact. Where do I begin…

  • Matt Weber says:

    Hi Mike–

    Thanks for putting this list together. It’s always great to check out each year. In response to the “whom did I overlook?” question — as digital strategist at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, we take great pride in our @HGSE twitter account as a driver of education policy discourse and news. With 45K twitter followers and a Klout score of 69, we’re committed to this account serving as an active conveyor of HGSE, ed reform, and field related articles, new podcasts (The Harvard EdCast), and op-eds. Our goal is to break traditional models of what an ed school social media account should be, and continue with covering practice and policy based news, in addition to reporting out on theoretical finds.For your consideration this year, and in future ones.

    Many thanks and take good care.


  • Ed Jones says:

    RiShawn Biddle? @dropoutnation ?

  • Jose says:

    Quickly: @teachersabrina – 70
    @thejlv – 67

    Just helping. :-J

  • Sabrina says:

    Thanks for the heads up/shout-out, Jose :) I just checked after you said something– I’m at 72 right now!

    It’s not the first time lot of ed policy/politics tweeters, especially women/people of color have been overlooked… but that speaks to who Mr. Petrilli chose to look at, not a lack of folks with that level of influence.

    I’d also include @audreywatters – 67.

  • Liz Willen says:

    Check out The Hechinger Report’s feed and growing number of followers: or
    Sign up for our weekly newsletter:

  • Grant Wiggins says:

    Oh, come on – your colleague Porter-Magee with only 1707 followers in the list? Some of us have ten times that. Not credible.

  • David Britten says:

    I think there should be different comparisons between individuals and organizations and one of the rules should be that individuals have to do their own Tweeting, especially if they work for a public agency and use taxpayer dollars to hire a ghost Tweeter.

  • David says:

    TFA: 92,700 followers, klout = 83

  • Tobey Steeves says:

    I cover #edpolicy, #edresearch, and #edstudies at @symphily.

    However, I’ve ‘merely’ got 2500 or so followers, and my Klout score oscillates between 47-56, so maybe I need to keep drinking milk …

  • Scott McLeod says:

    Hmmm, let’s see…

    @willrich45, 40K followers, Klout 69
    @audreywatters, 19K followers, Klout 67
    @valeriestrauss, 9K followers, Klout 62
    Heck, even I’m at 27K followers, Klout 68 (@mcleod)

    Time to broaden the search!

  • Matthew Miller says:

    Ironically, the “Top 28″ just increased their Klout over everyone else in education by having the individuals on this list followed by 10s of thousands of educators this week.

  • Jacqueline Kassteen says:

    We’d like to throw our hat into the ring!
    ICEF Monitor
    Klout score: 60
    Followers: 1915
    ICEF Monitor launched in January 2012 and has been steadily gaining loyal readers and followers. The website has quickly become one of the main resources for international education professionals to learn about student mobility trends, new academic destinations and policies, market research and intelligence, marketing and recruitment tips, and industry news.
    Our readership has been swiftly growing since Day One – ICEF Monitor has over 20,300 subscribers and approximately 230,000 professionals have visited our website.
    We invite you to visit, subscribe for free daily or weekly updates and follow us on Twitter @ICEFmonitor. Thanks!

  • hechternacht says:

    My klout is bigger than yours!
    Is this what policy looks like?

  • Sue Murphy says:

    Badass Teachers Association, Valerie Strauss, Stephen Krashen, Susan Ohanian

  • […] "Education Gadfly" restless in its quest to improve America's schools, published a list of "The Top Twitter Feeds in Education Policy" to much acclaim and […]

  • […] I first saw Michael Petrilli’s list of influential education policy tweeters, I laughed. As usual, it’s as important to see who’s left off the list as to see where […]

  • Comment on this Article

    Name ()


    Sponsored Results

    The Hoover Institution at Stanford University - Ideas Defining a Free Society

    Harvard Kennedy School Program on Educational Policy and Governance

    Thomas Fordham Institute - Advancing Educational Excellence and Education Reform