ERIC Number: ED206436
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Small Rural Schools in the United States: A Statistical Profile.
Dunne, Faith; Carlsen, William S.
Small rural schools with fewer than 15 pupils per grade at the elementary level, fewer than 200 pupils in high schools, and fewer than 300 pupils in all grades at K-12 (or 1-12) schools or districts were profiled in 1980 by the National Institute of Education. Nearly 6,000 small schools were scattered throughout the country with the following distributions: Northeast, 5.7%; Southeast, 5.9%; North Central, 6.1%; West, 22.5%; and Plains, 59.8%. From each region and each school type, 60 randomly selected schools were sent 3 different questionnaires, directed to: teachers, who returned 41.6%; administrators, who returned 41.6%; and school board members, who returned 29.6%; total response rate was 38%. Communities surveyed reported their schools were meeting their objectives for: training in basic academic skills; preparation for work, parenthood, and citizenship; and service as a community institution. The profile provides statistical information concerning characteristics and attitudes of teachers, school board members, administrators, schools, and communities; and a report on the sample check which randomly sampled 62 non-responding principals by telephone to ascertain whether there were any significant differences between responding and non-responding schools. (AW)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Administrator Characteristics, Boards of Education, Community Attitudes, Community Characteristics, Community Satisfaction, Elementary Secondary Education, Profiles, Rural Areas, Rural Schools, School Administration, School Attitudes, School Community Relationship, School Statistics, Small Schools, Statistical Studies, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Characteristics
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Rural Center, Washington, DC.