2017 Middle School Academics Grade Methodology

The 2017 Middle School 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. Niche 30.0%
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%

This assessment grades 15,738 U.S. public middle schools. Statistics obtained from the U.S. Department of Education represent the most recent data available, usually from 2014–2016, as self-reported by the schools.

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