Questions about how to rate a teacher? Make sure to check out the rating rules page for more information.
You are not required to log in or enter your name or email address if you are a student and are rating a middle school or high school teacher. If you are a parent, you must login to rate on the Parent part of the site. If you are rating an elementary teacher, either as a parent or former student, you must have an account (free) and login to rate.
Absolutely not. You might be surprised to learn that about 60% of the ratings are positive.
We've tried to make this site as easy to use as possible. You can select your school or individual teacher from the front page. For the US, you then have two ways of finding your school. You can enter the first 3 letters of your school's name or go to your state and find your school. For Canada, once you click on your province, you will get a list of all schools in that province. If your teacher is listed on your school's page, click on their name and rate them. If your teacher is not listed, you can add them and rate them.
The Overall Quality rating is the average of a teacher's Helpfulness and Clarity ratings, and is what determines the type of "smiley face" that the teacher receives. A teacher's Easiness rating is NOT used when computing the Overall Quality rating, since an Easiness of 5 may actually mean the teacher is TOO easy. Please go to Rate Rules for more information on the ratings.
Nothing! The site is absolutely free.
Ratings are reviewed several times a day. Your ratings should be posted that day. They should usually be reviewed within 2 days, although due to slight backups they may take slightly longer at this point in time.
It depends on how many overall Cool or Not Cool ratings a teacher has. If they have 2 Cool and 2 Not Cool, no sunglasses are shown. If they have 5 Cool and 2 Not Cool, the sunglasses will appear.
Of course!!! Contact us at advertising[at]ratemyteachers.com and we will discuss our rates for banner ads and sponsorship opportunities.
The School Admins handle the ratings for their school on a daily basis. This means reviewing, accepting, deleting - everything about the ratings. They also accept new teachers and make corrections (such as names) for existing teachers. They become part of the RateMyTeachers staff and work with the site owners and operators. To become an Admin, you must be a student at that school and have a RMT account. You can create an account from the link on your school's page. After you have created your account, click on the 'Want to be this school's admin?' link on your school's page and send us an email with your account email and school. If you don't see this link on your school's page, it means there is already an admin for your school (Sorry!).
NEVER!! We will never have sites for rating students or parents. Teachers affect the lives of thousands of students; the reverse is not true. Anyone can start a web site. If you really think this is a good idea, then, by all means, go for it.
NO ONE has to have an account to use the site. Creating an account will allow you to track and edit your ratings. After your account is created, you can login to it. We get quite a few emails from people who made a mistake in rating their teacher and want us to change them. WE don't change someone's rating. We can delete the entire rating or delete the comment, but we won't change them. This option gives the user a way to make sure their ratings are correct. We have a lot of changes planned. Some of them will be for members only, so if you want to use the site to its fullest, be sure and create an account.
You are right. We are pretty picky about what gets posted and have some strict guidelines. You can find the guidelines on this page. Comments should be about their teaching, not their physical appearance. Every rating is reviewed before it is posted, and we reserve the right to delete comments OR an entire rating.
Well, that depends on the teacher!! We get a lot of emails from teachers telling us they like the site, and we've even had some telling us how the site has helped them. We also get some pretty hateful emails telling us how inappropriate the site is, how they are going to shut us down, etc.
You're right - every now and then a bad rating gets by us. After each rating you will see a small button which reads "(report)". When you click on that button, the rating is sent back to us to review again. If it really should not have been accepted, we will handle it. If the rating really is OK, we just approve it again.
After you click on a teacher, you will see 'Report error with this teacher listing' at the bottom of the page. Just click on that link and tell us what is wrong.
The purpose of the site is to be a resource for students. Where else can you find out what others think of an instructor? Is he/she a good teacher, do they challenge you, are they fair? When you have the option of choosing a teacher, wouldn't you really like some information? It also gives you, the user, a place to voice your opinion. It gives you a place to make a difference in your education.
We are just common, ordinary people who believe that students are the CUSTOMERS of teachers/schools/administrators - and we believe they absolutely have a right to voice their opinions.
We prefer you only rate teachers of whom you have first-hand knowledge. It is not possible to verify that a rater had a particular teacher, so use caution in making decisions based on isolated ratings. Anyone can rate - students, the teacher, other teachers, parents, dogs, cats, etc.
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Click on the Contact link at the bottom of the page. We read EVERY email and respond to almost all of them. (No, we don't respond to threats to shut us down!)