LIVINGSTON, NJ — The West Essex Regional School District is listed on Niche.com, a ranking and review site that evaluates the best school districts throughout the country, as No. 35 in New Jersey overall for 2016.
Based on statistics, student and parent reviews, and expert insights, Niche.com explores 120,000 K-12 schools throughout the country. As of January 2016, West Essex Regional was ranked as one of the top districts in the area in many categories, including Best Sports, Best Places to Teach, Best Facilities and Best Extracurriculars among others.
When exploring the recently released 2016 Best School Districts in America, on which West Essex Regional ranked at No. 273, ranking factors included state test scores, strength of academics, college readiness, school resources, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, quality of student life, student and parent reviews, and more.
“The 2016 Best School Districts ranking provides a comprehensive assessment of the overall experience of a school district,” the ranking methodology states. “This grade takes into account key factors in an attempt to measure the overall excellence of the district. At the time of calculation, our database contained records for 12,153 school districts.”
According to the methodology, some districts were not included in the ranking process if they did not have sufficient data, which resulted in 10,563 school districts that officially received a grade. The methodology also states that each survey score used in each ranking represents a composite score of several different survey questions pertaining to that topic.
The factor that was weighted the most in this particular ranking, at 50 percent, was the Academic Grade, in which West Essex Regional received an A+. According to the ranking, this grade incorporates statistics and student, alumni, and parent surveys regarding academics in the district.
The Livingston school district has more than 170 mainly positive reviews on Niche.com, including ones from as recent as Sunday, March 20.
“The teachers at West Essex really care about their students and want them to succeed in life because the way times have changed dramatically, they want us to have the best up-to-date and best knowledge of today's generation,” a high school senior wrote Sunday on the site.
In 2016, LPS received the same grade of A+ in academics, teachers, administration and policies, extracurriculars, sports and fitness, and resources and facilities. The district’s lowest grade is a B- in student culture and diversity.
“We've been helping people make informed choices about their education for more than 12 years,” Niche explains. “By incorporating millions of opinions from more than 300,000 students and parents, dozens of statistical factors, and millions of student outcomes, we're confident these are the most comprehensive K-12 school and district rankings to date.”
According to state standards, the West Essex Regional School District has an annual budget of $35,629,000, spending an average of $22,034 per student, and 88 percent of students district are considered proficient in math and/or reading, which both contribute to the district’s positive rankings.
“Our rankings are different, and for good reason. We believe that the quality of a school or district should be measured, at least in part, by the parents and students who actually go there,” the methodology states. “The most unique thing about our rankings is that they incorporate student outcomes. We go to great lengths to ensure that our rankings represent a comprehensive assessment of each school or district.”
For more information on how Niche.com grades West Essex schools or to read the available reviews, click HERE.