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Report: Rural Enrollment up 15%

The Rural School and Community Trust has released "Why Rural Matters 2007: The Realities of Rural Education Growth". This new report shows that rural school enrollment is up 15%, a reversal from previous years' declines in enrollment. Perhaps the most startling statistic in this year's report is the evidence of a 55% increase in minority student enrollment in rural schools, with some states showing more than a 100% increase. Read "Why Rural Matters 2007: the Realities of Rural Education Growth."

Report: Education Reform Tough on Rural Schools

A February 2005 report from the Rural School and Community Trust suggests an urgent need for policymakers to pay attention to rural education issues across the United States. Read  "Why Rural Matters 2005: The facts about rural education in the 50 states."  

Navigating Resources for Rural Schools Offers Extensive Data

The National Center for Education Statistics has updated its rural education Web site, Navigating Resources for Rural Schools. The January 2006 version of the site contains a wealth of data, including:

  • an overview of how locale is defined in various NCES data collections 
  • data on student enrollment and participation rates, student assessment, progress through school, and per-pupil expenditures and revenues
  • data on teachers' credentials, salaries, attrition rates, and student/teacher ratios
  • information on coursework, including vocational education offerings
  • measures of the quality of the school environment, including student behavior, school discipline, and crime
  • data on school facilities, including access and use of technology
  • data on parents’ satisfaction and engagement with schools

National Research Center on Rural Education Support

The National Research Center on Rural Education Support studies ways to help children in rural areas do better in school and continue their education. Its projected projects include training teachers to work as "intervention specialists" and studying the effectiveness of online learning in rural schools. The Center, established in 2004 with funding from the Institute for Educational Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education, is based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

NRCRES programs focus on:

  • retention of qualified teachers
  • student achievement and dropout
  • availability of and access to opportunities for advanced placement courses
  • improvement in teacher quality through professional development

ECS Offers Rural Education Resources

The Education Commission of the States (ECS) offers a variety of resources for those involved in and interested in rural education issues (select "rural" from list and click "Go to Issue"). The ECS Web site includes summaries of relevant state programs, selected research and readings, and a list of other Web sites that address rural education needs and issues.


Education in Rural America

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released the "Status of Education in Rural America." This report brings together data from NCES and Census surveys and applies a new classification system to create a series of indicators on the status of education in rural America.

The Rural School and Community Trust releases 2007 report.

The Rural School and Community Trust has released "Why Rural Matters 2007:The Realities of Rural Education Growth". This new report shows that rural school enrollment is up 15%, a reversal from previous years' declines in enrollment. Perhaps the most startling statistic in this year's report is the evidence of a 55% increase in minority student enrollment in rural schools, with some states showing more than a 100% increase.
 

Coalition Seeks To Improve Rural Schools

Organizations Concerned about Rural Education is a coalition of more than two dozen education, farm, rural, technology and utility organizations that share a "common concern for the economic future of rural America, particularly, the education of rural children." The coalition is dedicated to the improvement of public education and economic development in rural America. Its Web site provides information on "what you can do to improve schools in your community, what your neighbors are already doing, and what is being done throughout rural America."