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ERIC Number: ED590169
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Apr
Pages: 164
Abstractor: ERIC
Why Rural Matters 2015-2016: Understanding the Changing Landscape. A Report of the Rural School and Community Trust
Showalter, Daniel; Klein, Robert; Johnson, Jerry; Hartman, Sara L.
Rural School and Community Trust
More than one in four of America's public schools are rural, and nearly one in six of the nation's students are in rural areas. Many children and their families in rural America need better and more equitable educational opportunities. This is the main theme of "Why Rural Matters 2015-16: Understanding the Changing Landscape," the eighth biennial report by the Rural School and Community Trust and its partners on the condition of rural education in the 50 states. This report was released roughly a year after the U.S. Federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the bill that replaces and significantly rewrites the No Child Left Behind Act of the previous decades. The importance of this legislation and the changes it will bring are reflected in a special section. Further, the political context surrounding the 2016 presidential elections once again made clear that issues such as immigration reform, migrant rights, and education funding are "hot button topics." The analyses and data presented in "Why Rural Matters 2015-16" can help to inform policy discussions on these issues as they relate to rural education, as in the case of English language learners (ELL) and early childhood education (ECE) initiatives. This report also includes special analyses of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education as they relate to educating America's rural youth. [This report was produced in partnership with the Institute for Child Success. For the 2013-2014 report, see ED556045.]
Rural School and Community Trust. Available from: AASA, The School Superintendents Association. 1615 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 703-875-0700; Fax: 703-841-1543; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education; Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education; Grade 8; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: Monsanto Fund
Authoring Institution: Rural School and Community Trust; Save the Children
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress