ERIC Number: ED231573
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jun-6
Reference Count: 0
Rural Education in Colorado: Recent Research Findings.
Muse, Ivan D.; And Others
Of the 105 small K-12 rural public school districts (enrollments under 900) identified in the Colorado study, 19 were randomly chosen for use in gathering information to assist educators in understanding and improving the education of rural residents. A 100% response rate to the 123-item questionnaire mailed to superintendents provided information on district characteristics, i.e., enrollment size, district size, special funding aid, occupation of residents, bond issues, and transportation (number of students bused, distance bused, and cost). Information gathered on district leaders (superintendents and principals) included ages, job classifications, educational levels, salaries, previous employment, hours worked per week, and major on-going concerns. District staff are discussed in terms of the number of full-time teachers, number of specialists, salaries, secondary subject preparation, and recruitment. Students are addressed via superintendents' comparisons of their academic achievement with national averages (39.4% ranked their students above national average), number of graduates per district, and number of National Merit Exam finalists (2). Finances were cited as the most serious on-going concern, followed by securing qualified teachers, working with the community, and the issues of district consolidation. A summary of findings and a table showing 1983 comparisons of Colorado students to those of a national study concludes the report. (AH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Administrators, Comparative Analysis, Consolidated Schools, Courses, Declining Enrollment, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Extracurricular Activities, Principals, Problems, Profiles, Rural Population, Rural Schools, School Community Relationship, School Size, Small Schools, State Surveys, Superintendents, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Salaries, Teachers, Transportation
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Colorado Rural and Small Schools Conference (3rd, Fort Collins, CO, June 6, 1983).