(JETMA Arlington, VIRGINIA) — Niche is out with their Virginia’s Best School District rankings for the 2019-2020 school year. The rankings were released Monday as part of the website’s 2020 K-12 rankings.
Each Virginia school district received a letter grade in the following categories: Academics; Diversity; Teachers; College Prep; Clubs & Activities; Health & Safety; Administration; Sports; Food; and Resources & Facilities.
To arrive at the rankings, Niche looked at data from the U.S. Department of Education as well as test scores, college data, and ratings collected from Niche users. (The methodology is below.)
The top-ranked school district in Virginia is Arlington Public Schools. Niche gave the school system an A or an A+ in every category. Last year, Arlington was also No. 1. (See last year’s list as a comparison: Virginia’s Best School Districts: New Rankings Released)
The 2020 Best School Districts 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.
Academics Grade Based on state assessment proficiency, SAT/ACT scores, and survey responses on academics from students and parents.
Multiple Sources 50.0%
Teachers Grade Based on teacher salary, teacher absenteeism, state test results, and survey responses on teachers from students and parents.
Multiple Sources 15.0%
Culture & Diversity Grade Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents. Multiple Sources
Parent/Student Surveys on Overall Experience Niche survey responses scored on a 1-5 scale regarding the overall experience of students and parents in the district.
Self-reported by Niche users 10.0%
Health & Safety Grade Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents. Multiple Sources
Resources & Facilities Grade Based on expenses per student, staffing, and survey responses on facilities from students and parents. Multiple Sources
Clubs & Activities Grade Based on expenses per student and survey responses on clubs and activities from students and parents. Multiple Sources
Sports Grade Based on the number of sports, participation, and survey responses on athletics and athletic facilities from students and parents. Multiple Sources