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#COMMONCORE —How Social Media is Changing the Politics of Education

Finalist in Education

About this entry

Hashtag Common Core Project (#Commoncore Project) is an ongoing research project that examines the intense debate around the education reform initiative Common Core State Standards (Common Core), as the conversation unfolds online using the messaging platform Twitter.

Common Core State Standards, the major education policy initiative of our generation, is part of curriculum developed in 2009 that seeks to strengthen academic standards in Mathematics and English language arts/literacy (ELA). Common Core is one of the first major education policy struggles to develop in the age of social media.

Convened by educational policy researchers from the Consortium on Policy Research in Education (CPRE), #Commoncore Project is the investigation of how social media-enabled social networks are framing the discussion on American educational politics and how its role is impacting educational policy.

#Commoncore Projectis the tale of the #commoncore debate. The tale is told through the voices of various constituents in 140 characters or less. #Commoncore Project follows the opinions, concerns, and arguments of students, parents, practitioners, district administrators, policymakers, pro and anti common core groups, and the general public— collecting and analyzing qualitative data.

The #Commoncore Project sheds light on the ways that social media-enabled social networks are influencing the political discourse that, in turn, produces public policy—while also contributing to the Common Core conversation by sharing CPRE findings in an open forum at

Why does this entry deserve to win?

To understand the #Commoncore Project, CPRE used social network analysis as a lens to explore the ways that social media—enabled social networks are influencing the political discourse that produces public policy. By studying nearly 1,000,000 tweets by more than 220,000 Twitter users between 2013–2016, #Commoncore Project examines the nature of tweets in terms of rejection or acceptance of common core over time, at different levels, at different times.

CPRE and the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, along with the steady work and contributions from team members at UC San Diego Department of Education Studies, and from around the world, this project produces results of research that uses samples from the 140-character messaging service to track and analyze the first major education policy struggle of the social media age.



Entrant Company / Organization Name

Consortium for Policy Research in Education


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