Press Release

The Education Trust is the #1 education advocacy organization of the decade, according to the Editorial Projects in Education (EPE) Research Center.  The Ed Trust was also ranked as a top influential information source in education policy, and our president, Kati Haycock, was ranked as one of the most influential people in education.  The Education Trust’s work in teacher quality research was also listed as one of the most influential research studies in the education policy landscape.

The rankings were published in Education Week on December 13, 2006.  The EPE Research Center study that produced the rankings, Influence: A Study of the Factors Shaping Education Policy, is available at

How the influential organizations rank:

  1. U.S. Congress U.S. Department of Education
  2. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  3. Education Trust
  4. National Governors Association
  5. American Federation of Teachers
  6. Achieve, Inc.
  7. National Education Assocation
  8. Thomas B. Fordham Foundation
  9. Center on Education Policy

How the influential people rank:

  1. Bill Gates
  2. George W. Bush
  3. Kati Haycock
  4. G. Reid Lyon
  5. Edward Kennedy
  6. Bill Clinton
  7. James B. Hunt Jr.
  8. Richard W. Riley
  9. Marshall (Mike) Smith
  10. Linda Darling-Hammond
  11. Margaret Spellings
  12. George Miller
  13. Chester E. Finn, Jr.

The ranking of information sources is:

  1. NAEP
  2. Education Week
  3. National Center for Education Statistics
  4. New York Times
  5. U.S. Department of Education
  6. Education Trust
  7. Washington Post
  8. Education Next
  9. Public Education Network Weekly Newsblast
  10. Education Gadfly
  11. Eduwonk

The ranking of influential research studies:

  1. NAEP
  2. Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS)
  3. Teaching Children To Read
  4. Tennessee Student/Teacher Achievement Ratio (STAR)
  5. Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children
  6. William L. Sanders on value-added methodology and the Tennessee Value-Added Accountability System
  7. Education Trust on teacher quality (click here for more on our teacher quality research)
  8. How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School
  9. What Matters Most: Teaching for America’s Future
  10. Richard F. Elmore on school reform
  11. Jay P. Greene on high school graduation rates
  12. Paul E. Peterson on school choice and vouchers
  13. Ready or Not: Creating a High School Diploma that Counts