The Hurun Education Top International Schools in China is based on a peer to peer review. Between July and December 2018, Hurun Education surveyed 330 experts from international education in China, up three-fold from last year.
Hurun Education asked them, in an unprompted question, to recommend up to five schools from each of ‘Greater Shanghai’ (Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang), ‘Greater Beijing’ (Beijing and Tianjin), Guangdong and ‘Rest of China’ that provides – in their opinion – a good all-round education.
Hurun Education received 1372 votes in total, an average of 4.2 votes from each respondent. Half were school principals and senior teachers with the other half investors, overseas study agents, training institutions and government education departments.
I wonder what would have happened if they restricted voters to only recommend schools and they have visited, and spent time in actual classrooms.
I suspect those results would have quite a low correlation with the results based on reputation.
By contrast, ratings of movies and restaurants is almost entirely done by people who have actually consumed the product.
I once helped U.S. News & World Reports to create a new ranking system for American high schools. This was around 2007. They also were not interested in any type of visit-based rankings. Instead we created a formula that focused on Advanced Placement results and State test score gains, meaning students’ improvement over their baselines, while trying to factor in demographics as well.
At one point Match was ranked number 18 in the country, if I recall. But then they change the formula, and match tumbled.
It is always interesting to process the trade-offs in ratings. Back in 1993, I wrote a cover story for a now defunct magazine called Theatre Week. The title was the top hundred most powerful people in American theater. It was just my opinion. Yet everyone on Broadway was talking about it.
One big shot, Rocco Landesman, took me out to lunch at Sardi’s to tell me that his ranking should have been higher. I think I had him at number nine and he thought he should be more like number five. He was hilarious and I didn’t want the lunch to end.
For what it’s worth, here is the China list.