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For Immediate Release: December 19, 2006

Contact: Paul E. Peterson, 617-495-8312/7976

PEPG Identified as Source of Most Influential Research

Cambridge, MA — PEPG school voucher research has been identified as one of the 13 most influential studies shaping education policy over the past 10 years, according to the recent Editorial Projects in Education (EPE) Research Center report, "Influence: A Study of the Factors Shaping Education Policy."

The core of the research, conducted by William G. Howell and Paul E. Peterson, together with Patrick Wolf and David Campbell, was published in 2002 by the Brookings Institution Press under the title The Education Gap. That work, along with Peterson's other work on school choice, was cited by EPE as among the 13 “blockbuster” studies of the past decade.

Of the top 13 studies included only 4 were the result of academic research. The remaining studies were sponsored by the government or independent think tanks. EPE identified the U.S. Department of Education's National Assessment of Educational Progress as the single most influential study.

EPE surveyed education policy experts and performed citation analyses in three independent databases (LexisNexis, EBSCO Academic Search Premier, and ERIC) to discern the frequency with which research was cited.

Using these combined methodologies, EPE concluded that “Peterson is widely recognized for a large body or research on school choice and voucher programs.” According to EPE, his voucher studies were the 5th most cited in the LexisNexis database and the 8th most cited in the EBSCO database.

EPE also identified the PEPG-sponsored journal, Education Next: A Journal of Opinion and Research, as one of the ten most influential sources of information on education policy. Education Next was the sole journal, peer-reviewed or otherwise, listed among the top-ten information sources in the EPE survey, surpassed only by agencies of the U.S. government, Education Week, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the non-profit organization Education Trust.

In addition to studies and information sources, EPE identified the most influential people and organizations shaping policy research. EPE found Bill Gates to be the most influential person and the U.S. Congress to be the most influential organization.

The report as well as downloadable profiles of Paul E. Peterson and Education Next are available at http://www.edweek.org/rc/articles/2006/12/13/influentials.html .

Antonio Wendland (617) 495-7976
Program on Education Policy and Governance (PEPG)