Rural vs. Urban Schools

A new study finds that rural students are doing better in math and science than their urban peers.

The Education Department report said rural kids outperformed students in city schools on all grade levels in both subjects and rural fourth and eighth graders read better than their counterparts in urban schools.

The report also said that teachers in rural areas are more likely to report that they’re satisfied with teaching conditions in their schools. Still, their salaries are lower than teachers in other areas.

One rural education advocate said kids in rural areas may be doing better in science because their community is “closer to nature.”

He also said teachers may report good conditions because schools tend to be smaller and have lower student-teacher ratios.


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