2017 High School Administration Grade Methodology

The 2017 High School Administration grade is based on rigorous analysis of 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
Parent/Student Surveys on Administration & Policies Niche survey responses scored on a 1-5 scale regarding the administration and policies at the school. Self-reported by Niche users 50.0%
Overall Niche Grade Based on rigorous analysis of academic and student life data along with millions of reviews from students and parents. Niche 20.0%
Education-Administration Expense Ratio Amount spent on education for every dollar spent on administrative expenses. National Center for Education Statistics 10.0%
Expenses per Student Total expenses divided by the total number of students. National Center for Education Statistics 10.0%
Student Absenteeism Percentage of students missing 15 or more days per school year. Civil Rights Data Collection 5.0%
Teacher Absenteeism Percentage of teachers missing 10 or more days for sick or personal leave per school year. Civil Rights Data Collection 5.0%

This assessment grades 12,991 U.S. public high 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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