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Welcome to the assessment department of WikiProject Schools! This department focuses on assessing the quality of Wikipedia's School articles. While much of the work is done in conjunction with the WP:1.0 program, the article ratings are also used within the project itself to aid in recognizing excellent contributions and identifying topics in need of further work. Ratings are done in a distributed fashion through parameters in the {{WikiProject Schools}} project banner; this causes the articles to be placed in the appropriate sub-categories.

Frequently asked questions[edit]

How can I get my article rated? 
Please list it in the section for assessment requests below.
Who can assess articles? 
Any member of the Schools WikiProject is free to add—or change—the rating of an article. However, please review WP:COI before rating an article you are heavily involved in.
What if I don't agree with a rating? 
You can list it in the section for assessment requests below, and someone will take a look at it. Alternately, you can ask any member of the project to rate the article again.
Aren't the ratings subjective? 
Yes, they are, but it's the best system we've been able to devise; if you have a better idea, please don't hesitate to let us know!

If you have any other questions not listed here, please feel free to ask them on the discussion page for this department.

Instructions[edit]

Shortcuts:

An article's assessment is generated from the class and importance parameters in the {{WikiProject Schools}} project banner on its talk page:

{{WikiProject Schools
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If the article already has an infobox, add the line: needs-infobox=no. By adding "info=<text of assessment>" this template will generates a boilerplate assessment text.

Process[edit]

  1. Tag an article related to this project (or look at a tagged article).
  2. Read the article and analyze it.
  3. Place your assessment in the {{WikiProject Schools}} banner on the articles talk page (according to the scales below).
  4. Unless the reasoning for an assessment is self-evident, such as assessing a very short article as Stub-class and Low-importance, please place a summary of your assessment on the article's talk page. This should include a rationale for your choice of ratings, and possibly suggestions for future contributors on how to improve the article's quality rating. If the assessment is likely to be controversial you may wish to leave a note about it on the main project talk page.

Quality scale[edit]

An article's quality assessment is generated from the class parameter in the {{WikiProject Schools}} project banner on its talk page:

{{WikiProject Schools|class=???}}

The following values may be used for the class parameter to describe the quality of the article (see Wikipedia:Quality scale for assessment criteria):

FA (for featured articles only; adds articles to Category:FA-Class school articles) Featured article FA 
A (adds articles to Category:A-Class school articles) A-Class article A 
GA (for good articles only; adds articles to Category:GA-Class school articles)  GA 
B (adds articles to Category:B-Class school articles) B-Class article B 
C (adds articles to Category:C-Class school articles) C-Class article C 
Start (adds articles to Category:Start-Class school articles) Start-Class article Start 
Stub (adds articles to Category:Stub-Class school articles) Stub-Class article Stub 
FL (for featured lists only; adds articles to Category:FL-Class school articles) Featured list FL 
List (adds articles to Category:List-Class school articles)  List 

For pages that are not articles, the following values can also be used for the class parameter:

Category (for categories; adds pages to Category:Category-Class school articles) Category page Category 
Disambig (for disambiguation pages; adds pages to Category:Disambig-Class school articles) Disambiguation page Disambig 
File (for files; adds pages to Category:File-Class school articles)  File 
Portal (for portal pages; adds pages to Category:Portal-Class school articles)  Portal 
Project (for project pages; adds pages to Category:Project-Class school articles)  Project 
Template (for templates; adds pages to Category:Template-Class school articles)  Template 
NA (for any other pages where assessment is unnecessary; adds pages to Category:NA-Class school articles)  NA 
??? (articles for which a valid class has not yet been provided are listed in Category:Unassessed school articles)  ??? 

Note: You should not assign any GA, A, FA or FL grades arbitrarily. These grades must pass through official Wikipedia channels and undergo a peer review process.

Examples[edit]

Class Criteria Reader's experience Editor's experience Examples
Featured article FA
The article has obtained Featured article status. Professional, outstanding, and thorough; a definitive source for encyclopedic information. No further content additions should be necessary unless new information becomes available; further improvements to the prose quality are often possible. Plano Senior High School
(as of July 2008)
A-Class article A
The article is well organized and is essentially complete, having been reviewed by impartial reviewers from a WikiProject or elsewhere, as described here. Very useful to readers. A fairly complete treatment of the subject. A non-expert in the subject matter would typically find nothing wanting. Expert knowledge may be needed to tweak the article, and style issues may need addressing. Peer-review may help. Lethbridge Collegiate Institute
(as of June 2008)
GA
The article has obtained Good article status. Useful to nearly all readers, with no obvious problems; approaching (although not equalling) the quality of a professional encyclopedia. Some editing by subject and style experts is helpful; comparison with an existing featured article on a similar topic may highlight areas where content is weak or missing. Aquinas College, Perth
(as of July 2008)
B
The article is mostly complete and without major issues, but requires some further work to reach Good Article standards. B-Class articles should meet the six B-Class criteria: No reader should be left wanting, although the content may not be complete enough to satisfy a serious student or researcher. A few aspects of content and style need to be addressed, and expert knowledge is increasingly needed. The inclusion of supporting materials should also be considered if practical, and the article checked for general compliance with the manual of style. Institut Le Rosey
(as of July 2008)
C
The article is substantial, but is still missing important content or contains a lot of irrelevant material. The article should have some references to reliable sources, but may still have significant issues or require substantial cleanup. Useful to a casual reader, but would not provide a complete picture for even a moderately detailed study. Considerable editing is needed to close gaps in content and address cleanup issues. Northwood School (Durban North, South Africa)
(as of July 2008)
Start
An article that is developing, but which is quite incomplete and, most notably, lacks adequate reliable sources. Provides some meaningful content, but the majority of readers will need more. Provision of references to reliable sources should be prioritised; the article will also need substantial improvements in content and organisation. Black Forest Academy
(as of July 2008)
Stub
A very basic description of the topic. Provides very little meaningful content; may be little more than a dictionary definition Any editing or additional material can be helpful. The provision of meaningful content should be a priority. The Grange School, Aylesbury
(as of July 2008)
Featured list FL
The article has obtained Featured list status. Professional standard; it comprehensively covers the defined scope, usually providing a complete set of items, and has annotations that provide useful and appropriate information about those items. No further content additions should be necessary unless new information becomes available. List of schools in Northland, New Zealand
(as of June 2008)
List
Meets the criteria of a stand-alone list, which is an article that contains primarily a list, usually consisting of links to articles in a particular subject area. There is no set format for a list, but its organization should be logical and useful to the reader. Lists should be lists of live links to Wikipedia articles, appropriately named and organized. List of schools in Victoria, Australia
(as of August 2011)

Importance scale[edit]

School articles are rated on this importance scale. Importance must be regarded as a relative term. If importance values are applied within this project, these only reflect the perceived importance to this project and to the work groups the School falls under. An article judged to be "Top-Class" in one context may be only "Mid-Class" in another project. The criteria used for rating article priority are not meant to be an absolute or canonical view of how significant the topic is. Rather, they attempt to gauge the probability of the average reader of Wikipedia needing to look up the topic (and thus the immediate need to have a suitably well-written article on it). Importance assessments, especially of schools in the higher categories, are frequently reassessed and may go up or down in order to retain an appropriate balance within each country and within all the categories. Assessors are not experts on the schools in every country of the world, and will only make assessments based on the content of the existing article. Assessors can also check viewing stats for school articles using the Wikipedia stats tool, though stats will only be used in combination with other factors.

 Top 
 High 
 Mid 
 Low 
 NA 
 ??? 

The following values may be used for importance assessments:

Article importance standards[edit]

Assessments should not, in general, leave this field blank. This guide acts as a general standard by which to measure WikiProject Schools articles

  • Top-importance - It is expected that at least one article from each country should be in this category. Countries with higher populations will necessarily have more schools of top-importance. Top importance schools will usually have a long list of notable international alumni or important national alumni (e.g., prime ministers, presidents, senior royalty, Nobel prize winners). They will often have received substantial national or international media coverage as evidenced by inclusion in TV programmes, books, e.t.c. They will be the most notable schools in their particular country, and they are also likely to have articles in foreign-language Wikis.
  • High-importance - Such schools will usually have a long list of notable alumni. They are often amongst the oldest or highest performing schools in their particular country. They will have received substantial media coverage and multiple sources will be available to aid the expansion of the article. Schools which feature in other encyclopedias such as Microsoft Encarta or Encylopedia Britannica are included in this category if they are not already of top importance.
  • Mid-importance - Such schools will have a few elements of more general national interest (e.g. a few particularly noteworthy and important alumni or significant awards).
  • Low-importance - Low importance schools are of vital interest to their communities but have no national or international recognition or importance. Nearly all primary/elementary schools and middle schools will fall into this category, as will the majority of high/secondary schools.
  • ??? - This is the default setting and should also be used for articles which have been assessed but have not had their importance established.

School age[edit]

School ages are considered in relative terms within countries. For example a school founded in the eighteenth century is often young in European terms. For further reference see:

Categories[edit]

Click the "►" below to see all subcategories:

Assessment requests[edit]

Shortcuts:

If you have made significant changes to an article and would like an outside opinion on a new rating for it, please feel free to list it below. If you assess an article, please strike it off using <s>Strike-through text</s> so that other editors will not waste time going there too. Old and fulfilled requests are periodically removed from the list.

Please note:

  • Only a small group of editors watch this list, and as a result, response times to assessment requests can vary from instant to over a week.
  • If you aim for an article to be promoted to GA, A, or FA class, please consider requesting a peer review as well, so the article can be exposed to closer scrutiny from a broader group of editors.
  • The assessment request process is not intended to replace the Wikipedia:Good article nominations and Wikipedia:Featured article candidates processes.

Add requests to the bottom of this list, please also sign your request by adding four tildes (~~~~):

Nathan121212 (talk) 18:32, 30 March 2014 (UTC)

Assessment summaries[edit]

Up until February 2010 assessment summaries were placed in this section. However, to make assessing articles easier this practice has ended with old assessments now archived. At present assessments should be placed on the respective article's talk page (see #Process).

Article completions[edit]

There is a backlog of 904 articles with no assessment at all at Category:Unassessed school articles, which has declined from the over 2,000 present in July 2010 and the 1,600 recorded in March 2011. The backlog at Category:Unknown-importance school articles is being reduced at a much slower pace, with 12,043 articles in this category, compared to 13,000 in July 2010 and 12,600 in March 2011. Last verified: CT Cooper · talk 16:07, 15 January 2012 (UTC)

Assessment team[edit]

An alphabetical list of those of us who are active within the Assesssment Department of WikiProject Schools: