Academics Grade Methodology

The Academics grade is based on rigorous analysis of academic data from the U.S. Department of Education along with millions of reviews from students and parents. Learn where our data comes from.

Factors Considered

Factor Description Source Weight
State Assessment Proficiency Percentage of students at or above proficiency levels on state assessments. For comparison across states, percentiles within each state were calculated, then compared. U.S. Department of Education 60.0%
District Academics Grade Based on state assessment proficiency, SAT/ACT scores, and survey responses on academics from students and parents. Multiple Sources 25.0%
Student-Teacher Ratio Ratio of students to full-time teachers. Please note: Student-teacher ratio is not a representation of average class size. National Center for Education Statistics* 10.0%
Parent/Student Surveys on Academics Niche survey responses scored on a 1-5 scale regarding the academics at the school. Self-reported by Niche users 5.0%

* Niche updates data directly from schools via their Niche Partner Accounts. If you work for a school and would like to update your data, please claim your school.

Statistics obtained from the U.S. Department of Education represent the most recent data available, as self-reported by the schools.

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