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|Type of site||Review Site|
|Owner||RMT Acquisition, LLC|
|Created by||Michael Hussey|
|Alexa rank||40,327 (December 2013[update])|
RateMyTeachers (RMT) is an unmonitored review site used to rate elementary and secondary school teachers. Participants rate their current or former teachers on a scale of 1 to 5 in the categories of easiness, helpfulness, and clarity, with the latter two factoring into an "overall quality" score. Individuals can also write brief comments based on their experiences with the teachers. Over eleven million teachers were graded on the website as of April 2010.
RateMyTeachers.com claims that over 70% of teachers are rated positively, 20% score a medium range, and 10% rate poorly.
The website is extremely controversial in some circles and its use is banned by some school networks.
The site was launched in 2001 by Michael Hussey and later sold to former RateMyProfessors.com owner Patrick Nagle. It currently operates websites in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.
Moderation and rules
RateMyTeachers.com has a set of rules that posters are encouraged to read before commenting on a teacher. The rules detail what pupils can and cannot comment on. Some of the things banned from comments are personal or family life, appearance, looks or personal hygiene. Problems with the law, race or sex and anything containing pupil names or email addresses are also banned. All comments are reviewed and approved by volunteer moderators to ensure they are consistent with the site's rules or guidelines before they are posted on the website.
Students may volunteer to perform moderator duties for their own school. These students are asked to write a short essay about why they are interested in participating in RateMyTeachers. Selected students are trained to administer the ratings submitted to teachers within their school. The site is also managed by 'Master Administrators' who monitor the operation of the entire site and oversee the actions of the school moderators. A moderator who has been moderating for 90 or more days is reviewed by one of the Master Administrators to become a Trusted Moderator which allows the pupil to moderate for schools without a moderator.
RateMyTeachers.com is controversial in certain circles and many have questioned its approach. In 2007, the Queensland College of Teachers called for the shutdown of the page "until it can be established that it provides a credible service" (http://www.qct.edu.au/Publications/Periodical/CollegeConnectionApril2007.PDF p5). In 2003, the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) sought a court injunction to shut down the site, though the request was denied on free speech grounds. In April 2007 the British education secretary Alan Johnson said that the online harassment of teachers performed by sites such as RateMyTeachers.com needs to stop. This caused a number of articles on RateMyTeachers by national and international press.
Rating teachers has also become increasingly popular in Europe. In Ireland and the UK RateMyTeachers' sister sites, RateMyTeachers.co.uk and RateMyTeachers.ie, sparked great controversy about freedom of speech.
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