A new report from the National Center for Education Statistics details the status of education in rural America with special emphasis on how student performance in rural areas compares with performance in suburban areas and cities.
A few of the findings include:
- A larger percentage of rural public school students in the 4th and 8th grades scored at or above the Proficient level on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading, mathematics, and science assessments in 2005 than did public school students in cities at these grade levels.
- However, smaller percentages of rural public school students than suburban public school students scored at or above the Proficient level in reading and mathematics.
- In 2004, the high school status dropout rate (i.e., the percentage of persons not enrolled in school and not having completed high school) among 16- to 24-year-olds in rural areas was higher than in suburban areas, but lower than in cities.
Download the full report here.