Public schools can be classified as City, suburban, town, or rural depending on
their location. Each of these locales has unique characteristics.
In the 2010-11 school year, there were 49 million public school students. 24% of them, or 12 million students, attended rural schools.
32% of public schools were classified as rural that year. As were over half of public
In the 2010-11 school year, about half of all public school students were White, compared to 71% of public school students in rural schools.
The percentage of children living in poverty in rural areas was similar to the nation as a whole. In a high poverty school, 75% or more of the students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.
10% of rural students attended high poverty schools in 2010-11. In 2011, 70% of fourth graders in rural schools scored at or above Basic and reading and 27 percent scored at or above proficient in reading.
Turning to 8 th graders in rural schools, 78% scored at or above Basic in reading in 2011 and 31% percent scored at or above Proficient.
In 2011, 85% percent of fourth graders in rural schools scored at or above Basic in mathematics, and 36% scored at or above Proficient. Turning to eighth graders in rural schools, 77% scored at or above Basic in mathematics in 2011 and 28% scored at or above Proficient.
Finally, nearly 80% of rural public high school students graduated on time in 2008-9, which was a higher rate than the nation as a whole.