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

[email protected]

83

8

2

Diane Ravitch

[email protected]

82

1

3

Randi Weingarten

[email protected]

80

13

4

Michelle Rhee

[email protected]_rhee

79

5

5

Education Next

@educationnext

78

N/A

6

Education Week

[email protected]

74

2

7

U.S. Education Department

[email protected]

71

3

8

Tom Vander Ark

[email protected]

70

20

9

Huffington Post Education

[email protected]

68

3

10

AFT

@aftunion

66

N/A

10

Mike Klonsky

[email protected]

66

12

10

Anthony Cody

@anthonycody

66

N/A

13

ASCD

[email protected]

65

6

13

Sam Chaltain

[email protected]

65

N/A

15

Joy Resmovits

@joyresmovits

64

N/A

15

Alfie Kohn

[email protected]

64

8

17

Alexander Russo

[email protected]

63

22

17

Motoko Rich

@motokorich

63

N/A

17

Justin Hamilton

[email protected]

63

6

17

NEA Today

[email protected] Today

63

13

21

Politics K12

@politicsk12

62

N/A

21

Michael Petrilli

[email protected]

62

13

21

Students First

[email protected]

62

13

21

NewSchools Venture Fund

@nsvf

62

N/A

21

The Frustrated Teacher

@tfteacher

62

N/A

21

Education Trust

[email protected]

62

17

21

Dana Goldstein

[email protected]

62

10

21

Education Sector

[email protected]

62

17

21

 Patrick Riccards

[email protected]

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.

Michael J. Petrilli
Michael J. Petrilli is the President of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.