Monday, November 30, 2015

Niche.com K-12 Rankings
Fun with Ranking Data!!

Niche.com has released their 2016 school grades and rankings.  The formulas utilized to create the grades/rankings are different in that the rankings take into account more than standardized test scores or number of Advanced Placement classes; diversity of the school population is recognized and also a factor in rankings calculations.

Definition of diversity:   the inclusion of different types of people (as people of different races or cultures) in a group or organization.  

The rankings also include parent/student feedback as part of their ranking methodology.  As you may recall, the Georgia Board of Education has now included a parent/guardian survey as part of the CCRPI rankings: https://www.gadoe.org/External-Affairs-and-Policy/Policy/Pages/School-Climate.aspxIt is important for all parents/guardians to take the time to complete the survey as lack of participation in the survey can negatively impact a school's CCRPI rating. 

Click the following link to access the GADOE School Climate Survey: http://apps.gadoe.org/schoolclimate/parents.nsf/Survey.xsp.  The survey closes in February 26, 2016.

From Niche.com:

Niche ranks more than 100,000 public and private schools and districts based on dozens of statistics and 27 million opinions from 300,000 students and parents. Click the following link for further information:  https://k12.niche.com/rankings/methodology/

"Our rankings are different, and for good reason. We believe that the quality of a school or district should be measured, at least in part, by the parents and students who actually go there. They should also be measured by hard data and across a number of key factors so that no one factor dominates a ranking. Most importantly, they should be measured by their results. The most unique thing about our rankings is that they incorporate student outcomes.

While many people (myself included) do not find school rankings particularly useful (except for real estate agents - especially those attempting to insert themselves in local school redistricting discussions), I thought it would be a fun exercise to see how they rank the Dunwoody cluster schools. The FTE data cited in the rankings is from the October 2013 FTE count, although many of the ratings/reviews are more recent.  The data displayed below are rankings within the State of Georgia public schools.  You can also view the data at a metro and national level: https://k12.niche.com/rankings/.  In order to view the actual components that make up each rating, simply click on the actually rating category (i.e. "Best Public High School) for each school.  For example:  Dunwoody HS:  https://k12.niche.com/dunwoody-high-school-dunwoody-ga/rankings/#state.

Click on the name of each school and you will be directed to that schools "ranking" page.

School
Overall Niche Grade
Best Public High School Rank
College Readiness Rank 
Best Academics Rank
Best Administration Rank
Best Extracurriculars Rank
Best Facilities Rank
Best   Food Rank
Best High Schools to Teach Rank
Best High School Sports Rank
Best Teachers Rank
Most Diverse Rank
Largest Public High Schools Rank
Safest Schools Rank
A-
36
21
25
58
19
276
263
80
123
40
23
114
263


School
Overall Niche Grade
State Rank 
Most Diverse  Rank
Best Teachers Rank
Best      Academics  Rank
B+
238
105
195
272

School
Overall Niche Grade
State Rank 
Most Diverse Rank 
Best Teachers  Rank
Best      Academics      Rank
   Austin Elementary
 A-
581
978
301
406
   Chesnut Charter Elementary
A-
552
216
378
650
   Dunwoody Elementary
A-
602
502
784
422
   Hightower Elementary
B+
904
997
640
902
   Kingsley Charter Elementary
A-
614
161
443
797
   Vanderlyn Elementary
A-
544
799
282
449

I have created an Excel spreadsheet with all DeKalb County Schools rankings/grades.  Click on the following link to view the data: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bw_Hnco-5lveT0Y0TTlHV1JUQnc/view?usp=sharing

A look at the rankings/grades of some of the local public schools which students living in Dunwoody attend:

School
Overall Niche Grade
Best Public High School Rank
College Readiness Rank 
Best Academics Rank
Best Administration Rank
Best Extracurriculars Rank
Best Facilities Rank
Best      Food Rank
Best High Schools to Teach Rank
Best High School Sports Rank
Best Teachers Rank
Most Diverse Rank
Largest Public High Schools Rank
Safest Schools Rank
A
20
6
20
102
47
85
197
28
107
6
6
169
215
B-
247
266
224
192
283
287
276
166
319
172
196
194
137
   North Springs Charter
B+
95
35
53
208
90
316
336
196
228
115
41
102
324
   Riverwood International Charter 
A-
62
25
35
88
77
271
286
171
134
82
20
92
274

Also, a look at the rankings/grades of some of the local private schools.  The data collected for private schools is a bit different from the data collected for public schools, but you can look up the schools for further information.

Area Private Schools
Overall Niche Grade
Enrollment
Type of Private School
B+
1,247 (PK,K-12)
Episcopal
A-
1,079 (7th-12th)
Catholic
C+
932 (PK,K-12)
Presbyterian
B+
1,116 (9th - 12th)
Catholic
   Wesleyan
A-
1,135 (K-12)
 Inter/Non-denominational
 
It is interesting to note 4 of the of the Top 5 ranked School Districts in Georgia, are small school districts:
 
School District
Niche.Com Grade
October, 2015 FTE
Number of Schools
Buford City Schools
A+
4,330
4
Decatur City Schools
A+
4,858
7
Oconee County Schools
A+
7,271
10
Calhoun City Schools
A 
4,093
4
Forsyth County Schools
A
44,286
36

 

4 comments:

  1. How can we take seriously any rating system that puts Austin Elementary School 2nd in "Diversity" in Dunwoody?

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  2. Austin is not 2nd in Diversity. The lower the ratings, the more diverse the school; the higher the ratings, the less diverse the school.

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  3. That makes more sense. Everything is ranked 1 to N with 1 being the top.

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  4. Actually, the parent and student feedback we use to calculate our rankings is drawn from surveys filled out on Niche.com.
    Any parent or student (current or graduated within 4 years) can fill out a survey at any time. On any school profile page, above the "Rankings and Reviews" section there is a link to "take our parent or student survey to add your review." Everyone is encourage to participate so that we can have the most accurate and up to date information about every school. Thanks!

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