The U.S. News & World Report ranked Penn's Graduate School for Education No. 1 for the second year in the row — marking the first time the school has occupied the spot alone.
Last year, Penn GSE shared the top spot on the list of Best Education Schools with Harvard University's Graduate School of Education. This year also marked the seventh consecutive year that the school placed within the top five schools on the list.
U.S. News ranked 274 eligible education schools on the list, using 11 indicators that fell into four categories: quality assessment, student selectivity, faculty resources, and research activity. The organization collected reputational and statistical data from the schools themselves in order to configure the placements.
“To be ranked in the top position for the second year in a row is an honor, and I simply could not be more proud of the exemplary work being done by Penn GSE’s faculty, staff, and students — especially over the turbulence of the past two years,” GSE Dean Pam Grossman said in a press release.
GSE administrators also wrote that the high ranking demonstrates the school's "tripartite mission," which focuses on preparing instructors, innovation, and transforming education. They wrote that GSE's goal is "linking theory and practice in the interest of solving real-world problems."
Administrators pointed to the notable scholars and leaders in the field of education at Penn, such as Howard Stevenson and Jonathan Zimmerman, GSE professors who made Education Week's 2022 Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings list.
“This ranking speaks to the passion and resilience of our community and our efforts to ensure that access to a quality education should be available to everyone,” Grossman wrote.