Curry Programs Stand Out in 2015 U.S. News Rankings


The University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education maintained its 22nd place ranking in the 2015 U.S. News and World Report Best Graduate school rankings.  The rankings name the top graduate schools across the United States.

Several Curry School programs stood out among the sub-specialty rankings. The administration and supervision program improved from tenth to seventh, special education moved from fifth to fourth and secondary education went from ninth to eighth. The elementary education program held steady at No. 7.  Education policy was ranked at No. 12 this year, with curriculum and instruction program ranked fourteenth.

The Curry School’s ranking “reflects the exceptional quality of our faculty and students,” Curry Dean Robert Pianta said. “And our doctoral programs overall are among the top three public universities in terms of competitiveness for admission.”

The rankings are based on surveys about program excellence from education school deans and deans of graduate studies from 278 graduate schools, from school superintendents representing sample districts nationwide and statistical data that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students.

“It’s gratifying to see our graduate and professional programs earn a well-deserved reputation for excellence,” said John D. Simon, U.Va.’s executive vice president and provost. “The U.S. News rankings reflect the effort put forth by both our high-quality faculty and our high-achieving students.”