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Rural schools earn better grades on achievement tests,
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
October 22, 2003
COLUMBIA, S.C - Rural schools perform well nationally on academic achievement
tests, despite less funding than urban and suburban schools and fewer highly
trained teachers, according a report released today by the Brookings
But of the states included in the study, the exceptions were rural schools in
Arizona, South Carolina and, to a lesser degree, Minnesota.
The report, conducted by the Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings
Institution, looked at 2002 test scores from 14 states. Those states had test
information for every school on their Web sites. The study also evaluated
poverty data and said the 14 states selected represented various geographic
areas of the country.
Researchers at the Washington think tank analyzed how rural schools perform
compared with their state averages to determine an overall trend, said Tom
Loveless, director of the Brown Center and the report's author.
The report found that rural schools in South Carolina have a higher percentage
of poor and minority student, while rural schools in Minnesota have a higher
percentage of poor students; and those in Arizona have a higher percentage of