What We Do
We provide comprehensive school profiles and user-generated ratings and reviews for public school districts, public schools, private schools, colleges/universities and community colleges.
Rating/Review Philosophy & Methodology FAQs
Why Did The Edvocate Decide to Enter the School and College Ratings and Reviews Arena and Launch EdRater?
As the father of a 4-year-old boy, watching him blossom from a toddler to a full-fledged school-aged kid has been one of the greatest joys I have ever had. While choosing a PreK program for him to attend, it was hard to find comprehensive profiles and user-generated ratings and reviews for PreK-12 schools in the United States. And then I had an epiphany, if it’s hard for me, it must be hard for other parents. At this moment, I decided to develop the most comprehensive, and transparent school and college search and rating/review tool. Setting us apart from other rating and review sites is our commitment to education equity and integration instead of inequity and segregation.
Where Does Your Data Come From, and How is it Analyzed?
The data that we use for our school and college profiles comes from the following sources:
- U.S. Department of Education
- NCES (National Center for Education Statistics)
- National Civil Rights Data Collection
- State Education Agency Websites
- International Baccalaureate (I.B.)
- Accreditation Reports
Our data scientists are dedicated to providing our readers with comprehensive, transparent, timely, and accurate data.
How Do Your Users Calculate Your Ratings?
Users calculate ratings and write reviews using their own experiences and the data and statistics that we provide in our profiles. To ensure accuracy, we ask that users also consider the following questions before completing a rating or review:
Prek-12: How are the students at this school achieving and progressing academically?
College: How are the students at this college or university achieving and progressing academically?
PreK-12: Administrator quality is one of the most important school-related factors influencing student achievement in PreK-12 schools. What level of administrative proficiency do the administrators at this school possess?
College: Administrator quality is one of the most important school-related factors influencing student achievement in higher education. What level of administrative proficiency do the administrators at this college or university possess?
PreK-12: How proficient is the school district or school is at helping students from disadvantaged groups progress academically?
College: Does the institution provide an excellent education to people from all walks of life and not just the elite? How well do students from disadvantaged groups fare academically?
Teacher/College Faculty Quality
PreK-12 Teachers: Teacher quality is the most important school-related factor influencing student achievement. What level of pedagogical proficiency do the teachers at this school possess?
College Faculty: Faculty quality is one of the most important school-related factors influencing student achievement. What level of pedagogical proficiency do the teachers at this college or university possess?
What is Your Rating Scale?
Our rating scale follows the traditional academic grading scale. No school is ever assigned an F rating.
Good: 3.1 – 4.0/B
Regular: 2.1 – 3.0/C
Bad: 1.0 – 2.0/D