Current Challenges and Opportunities in Preparing Rural High School Students for Success in College and Careers

Current Challenges and Opportunities in Preparing Rural High School Students for Success in College and Careers

Although rural high schools have received relatively little attention from federal policy makers, they routinely employ practices that could serve as models for boosting student performance in urban and suburban schools, a new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education finds. The report, Current Challenges and Opportunities in Preparing Rural High School Students for Success in College and Careers (48 pages, PDF), found that the tight-knit nature of rural communities has resulted in school environments where at-risk students are less likely to be overlooked than in other schools, online courses and other distance learning opportunities are used to good effect, and students' interests are engaged, creating a college- and career-ready culture. At the same time, the report found that high schools in rural areas often suffer from financial constraints and a shortage of teachers qualified to deliver a rigorous college- and career-prep curriculum.