The Educational Weekly, published in Chicago, was formed in 1877 as the consolidation of seven midwestern education journals. Specifically, it was the union of:

By June 19, 1879, it was registered as second-class matter, and in later issues it proudly declared it was the first periodical entered at the Chicago Post Office as second-class matter. Its last issue was in 1881. It was intended to be renamed and continued as The Present Age and Educational Weekly.