MILLBURN, NJ - Millburn High School received an A+ overall grade and was only one of two high schools in New Jersey to be ranked in the Top 10 for Best Teachers on Niche.com’s list of "Best High School Teachers in the New York City Metro Area" for 2015.
The site, which evaluates United States and Puerto Rican schools based on parent and teacher reviews and multiple other credentials, rewarded the public high school with a ranking of No. 1 in New Jersey for Best Teachers and a ranking of seventh best high school overall in New Jersey.
The Best High School Teachers list ranked 5886 public high schools in the New York City Metro Area based on key teaching statistics and nearly 920,000 teacher ratings from students and parents. According to the methodology for the calculations, Millburn High School’s high ranking indicates that its teachers are intelligent and engaging, that the school is invested in its teachers and that both students and parents rate their teachers favorably. From the parent-and student-survey responses that Niche.com received on Millburn High School’s teachers in 2015, the teachers received an average total score of 4.2 out of five.
“Factors built from parent- or student-submitted survey responses were individually analyzed to determine a required minimum number of responses,” the methodology stated. “After this, responses were aggregated. We logically have a higher degree of confidence in the aggregated score for schools with more responses, so a Bayesian method was applied to reflect this confidence.”
Parent and student opinions about teachers at the high school they currently or recently attend(ed) included 919,426 opinions about teachers from 240,314 unique students, recent alumni, and parents this year — with a minimum of 10 unique respondents required for each school to be considered.
Other factors that were considered in the ranking were Academics Grades, Average Teacher Salary, Teacher Absenteeism, Teachers in Their First and Second Year and Student-Teacher Ratio.
“With clean and comparable data, we then assigned weights for each factor,” the methodology said. “The goal of the weighting process was to ensure that no one factor could have a dramatic positive or negative impact on a particular school's final score and that each school's final score was a fair representation of the school's performance.”
According to Niche, these weights were carefully determined by analyzing how different weights impacted the distribution of ranked schools, Niche parent-and student-user preferences and industry research, and each factor’s contribution to the intended goal. After assigning weights, an overall score was calculated for each high school by applying the assigned weights to each school's individual factor scores, which becomes the final score for the Niche ranking.
“It’s important to focus on more than just the number in the ranking,” Niche.com said. “Given the high number of schools included in this ranking, there may not be a large gap between the 15th and 30th ranked schools. In reality, both are exceptional schools when compared to the total population of all high schools nationwide.”