2018 Niche Standout Elementary Schools Methodology

The 2018 Niche Standout Elementary Schools ranking is based on rigorous analysis of academic and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with test scores, college data, and ratings collected from millions of Niche users. The list is limited to only public high schools with 1) at least 50% of students identifed as economically disadvantaged by the school and 2) a Niche Overall Grade of B or higher. Learn where our data comes from.

Factors Considered

Factor Description Source Weight
Economically Disadvantaged Math Proficiency Percentage of economically disadvantaged students at or above math proficiency level on state assessments. U.S. Department of Education 30.0%
Economically Disadvantaged Reading Proficiency Percentage of economically disadvantaged students at or above reading proficiency level on state assessments. U.S. Department of Education 30.0%
Economically Disadvantaged Percent Percent of students classified as economically disadvantaged. U.S. Department of Education 15.0%
Teachers Grade Based on teacher salary, teacher absenteeism, state test results, and survey responses on teachers from students and parents. Niche 15.0%
Student Racial Diversity Index A high value indicates a very racially diverse student body. U.S. Department of Education 10.0%

 

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. Niche also collects data directly from schools via our school data update form. If you work for a school and would like to update your data, please claim your school.

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