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How Twitter influences the Common Core debate

By Laura Devaney
March 5th, 2015

Researchers track tweets to determine how social media plays into Common Core and educational debates

Common-TwitterA new study endeavors to uncover how social media can impact education politics and how people view those issues, especially as they relate to the Common Core State Standards.

University researchers Jonathan Supovitz (University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education), Alan J. Daly (University of California, San Diego), and Miguel del Fresno (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia in Madrid, Spain) tracked Twitter posts from September 2013 to March 2014, following the #commoncore hashtag to determine how public debate on social media can influence education policy.

Nearly 190,000 #commoncore tweets from almost 53,000 Twitter users were sent during the six month analysis.

Tweet topics included testing (7.1 percent of tracked #commoncore tweets), parents (4.6 percent), curriculum (3 percent), math (3.8 percent), and ELA (2.9 percent).

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