The 30 top education policy tweeters, 2012

A year ago, I compiled a list of the top education policy tweeters, as measured by Klout.com. As with any such list, there was no shortage of outrage and ire—over the measuring stick, over the people I inadvertently left out, over the wisdom (or lack thereof) of developing such a ranking at all. Yet, undeterred, I’m back for an update—because it’s fun, because it’s interesting, and because it’s August.

So I present to you the latest and greatest list, circa 2012:

Top 30 Education Policy Organizations and Individuals for Online Influence,
as Measured by Klout, August 2012

2012 Rank

Name

Twitter Handle

Klout Score Aug 2012

2011 Rank

1

Arne Duncan

 @arneduncan

83

8

2

Diane Ravitch

 @DianeRavitch

82

1

3

Randi Weingarten

 @rweingarten

80

13

4

Michelle Rhee

 @m_rhee

79

5

5

Education Next

@educationnext

78

N/A

6

Education Week

 @educationweek

74

2

7

U.S. Education Department

 @usedgov

71

3

8

Tom Vander Ark

 @tvanderark

70

20

9

Huffington Post Education

 @HuffPostEdu

68

3

10

AFT

@aftunion

66

N/A

10

Mike Klonsky

 @mikeklonsky

66

12

10

Anthony Cody

@anthonycody

66

N/A

13

ASCD

 @ASCD

65

6

13

Sam Chaltain

 @samchaltain

65

N/A

15

Joy Resmovits

@joyresmovits

64

N/A

15

Alfie Kohn

 @alfiekohn

64

8

17

Alexander Russo

 @alexanderrusso

63

22

17

Motoko Rich

@motokorich

63

N/A

17

Justin Hamilton

 @edpresssec

63

6

17

NEA Today

 @NEA Today

63

13

21

Politics K12

@politicsk12

62

N/A

21

Michael Petrilli

 @michaelpetrilli

62

13

21

Students First

 @StudentsFirstHQ

62

13

21

NewSchools Venture Fund

@nsvf

62

N/A

21

The Frustrated Teacher

@tfteacher

62

N/A

21

Education Trust

 @edtrust

62

17

21

Dana Goldstein

 @DanaGoldstein

62

10

21

Education Sector

 @educationsector

62

17

21

 Patrick Riccards

 @Eduflack

62

22

21

Nancy Flanagan

@nancyflanagan

62

N/A

 

So what do we learn from the new list? First, it looks a whole lot like the old list; two-thirds of the names are the same. And the groups and people who fell off the list—such as 50Can, the Hechinger Report, and Leonie Haimson—didn’t fall far; they just missed the cut-off by a point or two. This consistency strikes me as rather remarkable, especially considering that Klout recently updated its metrics.

Still, there was some movement on the list, with Arne (Duncan) assuming the throne as Education Policy Social Media King, Randi (Weingarten) rocketing to third place, Tom Vander Ark moving up to eighth, and the AFT, Anthony Cody, and (yes, shameless self promotion) Education Next landing on the top-ten list as new entrants this year. Welcomes are also warranted for a quartet of journalists: Joy Resmovits of the Huffington Post, Motoko Rich, new to the edu-beat at the New York Times, and the dynamic duo of Alyson Klein and Michele McNeil of Education Week’s Politics K-12.

Let the festivities and the hand-wringing begin. Whom did I forget this year? Remind me again why Klout is stupid. And most importantly, let me know what you make of this list, and its meaning for the education policy debate today. The comments section is OPEN!

This post was originally published on the Education Next blog.

More By Author