Niche, a content platform that provides transparent data for selecting schools, has recently launched an updated K-12 site. Led by YEC member Luke Skurman as CEO, the research site adds a dimension not seen in its competitors, as it blends reviews by community members alongside actual hard data.
Niche’s K-12 site compares more than 100K schools and districts across the U.S.
“Today, Internet giants like Zillow still rely on archaic services like GreatSchools’ data, which is based on one-dimensional state assessment scores,” says CEO Luke Skurman in a press release. “So when finding a place to live, people aren’t equipped with any real insight into the schools in the area. It’s not fair that people must choose neighborhoods and pay school district taxes with such little understanding of their local area schools. Our K-12 site provides that much-needed transparency.”
Details for each school on the site include number of students, state ranking, average graduation rate, math and reading proficiency percentages, and ratings and reviews based on different topics — some of which include: teachers, administration & policies, academics, food, extracurriculars, and sports & fitness.
Using data collected, Skurman and the Niche team have also compiled 2015 Niche Rankings, which rank the Top 100 Best Public High Schools in the nation, as well as the Top 100 Best Private High Schools in the nation.
Aside from K-12 schools, Niche also hones in on neighborhood data within a specific community — which has been vetted out more in its new site offering, Local, which is currently in Beta — as well as Colleges and Ink, Niche’s data-driven hub for in-depth articles and analysis on colleges, K-12 schools, and places.
To view the full press release for Niche’s K-12 launch (and to see which schools topped the 2015 Niche Rankings), you can read more here.
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