There are different pros and cons of using online rating systems to rate schools.
- Because of online rating systems schools are able to allocate resources in a better way instead of grouping all schools in the public school system. It also permits achievers to achieve in a better way.
- It provides an advantage to the competition between schools. The schools that do not provide quality education are noticed and the schools that give quality education are rewarded.
- It also provides talented students who are studying at failing schools a chance to attend to a different school.
- There are a variety of choices for parents. They get more options to choose a better school which suits and matches their child’s skills and abilities.
- They also offer different types of schools, which permits a student to attend a religiously-based school according to the choice and preference of their parents.
- They also offer an alternative to the closed union system of public schools, making it hard to reward good teachers or to get rid of bad ones.
- There is a risk that majority of schools will opt for taking the maximum profit out of things like teachers pay, teacher’s qualification, skimping on supplies, etc.
- Another risk is that the teachers union will lose its skills in collective bargaining, which may lead to low pay and will lower the ability for protecting jobs from a school system looking to cut costs.
- Good students when given a chance to opt for a better college will move out of public schools leaving a big problem in public schools, making the public schools even worse.
- It will also lose the economy of scale from a large school system, such as, providing buses to better schools if they draw from a large area.
- It will increase the gap between the schools by putting enough money into private schools by raising rates and again leaving the poor students out of it.
- There can be more of a chance of segregation by class, race, etc. on a large scale than existing private schools.
- There is a risk in violating the establishment clause due to the Government funding of religiously based private schools.
Overall, studies show that both students and faculty value positively student evaluations specifically in making the improvements.