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Go Small Schools! July 26, 2007

Posted by Jeff in Education.

Here are some results from a new Department of Education study thst compares “rural” schools with “urban” schools.  Rural schools account for about 1/3 of all US public schools and are defined as schools in areas with fewer than 500 people per square mile.

  • At all grade levels, rural students did better on national science tests than children in cities
  • In math, rural kids did better than urban students at every grade level.
  • Rural fourth- and eighth-graders read better than their urban peers.
  • Among teachers, rural educators were more likely to report being satisfied with teaching conditions in their schools, even though their salaries were lower
  • Rural schools tend to be smaller and have lower student-teacher ratios than other schools


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