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2017 Districts with the Best Teachers Ranking Methodology

The 2017 Districts with the Best Teachers ranking is based on rigorous analysis of academic and teacher data from the U.S. Department of Education along with millions of reviews from students and parents. Learn where our data comes from. Note: Niche has a separate ranking for Best Places to Teach.

Factors Considered

FactorDescriptionSourceWeight
Academics GradeBased on state assessment proficiency, SAT/ACT scores, and survey responses on academics from students and parents.Niche30.0%
Parent/Student Surveys on TeachersNiche survey responses scored on a 1-5 scale regarding teachers in the district.Self-reported by Niche users30.0%
Teacher AbsenteeismPercentage of teachers missing 10 or more days for sick or personal leave per school year.Civil Rights Data Collection10.0%
Teachers in First/Second YearPercentage of teachers in their first or second year of teaching.Civil Rights Data Collection10.0%
Average Teacher SalaryAverage teacher salary in the district.National Center for Education Statistics7.5%
Teacher Salary IndexAverage teacher salary normalized by Median Household Income by county.U.S. Department of Education7.5%
Student-Teacher RatioRatio of students to full-time teachers. Please note: Student-teacher ratio is not a representation of average class size.National Center for Education Statistics5.0%

This ranking assesses 8,195 U.S. public school districts. The same methodology is used to produce the Niche Teachers Grade for each ranked school district as well as additional 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.

For more details about how we calculate our rankings, click here.

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