ERIC Number: ED258787
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Jul-15
Reference Count: N/A
State Policy Trends and Impacts on Rural School Districts.
Forbes, Roy H.
Rural education may be the beneficiary of the current national focus on educational reform since concerns have centered on improving education for all students regardless of where they live, a direction not emphasized in most previous reform movements. The reforms bring challenges relating to teacher certification, curriculum, facilities, student services, and organization to rural educators and policymakers, but they also bring extraordinary opportunities for real progress. The movement toward reduced class size, increased services, higher standards, accountability, competency-based curriculum and expanded learning opportunities for students will probably continue to impact rural schools for the next 5 to 10 years. Trends reflecting concerns related to learning of thinking skills, efficient use of instructional technology, increases in early childhood education programs, and projected teacher shortages will provide additional challenges and opportunities for rural schools. These trends suggest states should inititate: incentive programs; curriculum development; teacher allocation formulas; rural school networks; allocation of materials, supplies, and equipment; facility renovation; recruitment and retention programs; staff development incentives; and instructional technology implementation. Recommended on the local level are community involvement, partnerships, regional foundations, networks, and use of instructional technology. Appropriate federal roles include collecting, processing, and disseminating demographic statistics; identifying networks; and supporting research. (NEC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Researchers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Department of Education, Washington, DC.