In order to help promote and improve the quality of education journalism, The Grade provides independent analysis of media coverage of education news.
The effort includes a weekly media column, a free newsletter, roundups of the best and worst education journalism of the year, and an annual update on newsroom diversity in education journalism.
Since its inception in 2015, The Grade has been supported by a number of different organizations at various times, including The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the PCLB Foundation, The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the Walton Family Foundation, the American Federation of Teachers, Education Post, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, and the Collaborative for Student Success.
The views expressed by The Grade do not necessarily represent the views of PDK International or the funders of this project. The Grade retains sole editorial control over its coverage.
Founder and editor Alexander Russo (pictured) is a longtime education writer, editor, and author. He is a recipient of the Spencer Education Journalism Fellowship at Columbia University, the author of Stray Dogs, Saints, and Saviors, a critically acclaimed book about the attempt to rescue a South Central Los Angeles high school, and the 2018 winner of the Education Writers Association award for opinion journalism. He has launched and edited several education websites over the years, including This Week In Education, District 299, and LA School Report.
He can be reached at email@example.com, 718-622-3270, or @alexanderrusso.