2017 School District Food Grade Methodology

The 2017 School District Food grade is based on 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 Food Niche survey responses scored on a 1-5 scale regarding the food in the district. Self-reported by Niche users 80.0%
Expenses per Student Total expenses divided by the total number of students. National Center for Education Statistics 20.0%

This assessment grades 7,506 U.S. public school districts. Statistics obtained from the U.S. Department of Education represent the most recent data available, usually from 2014–2016, as self-reported by the school districts.

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