http://nces.ed.gov/surveys/ruraled

U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley recently joined several senators and the Congressional Rural Caucus in announcing a new online resource for and about rural schools. The web site, “Navigating Resources for Rural Schools,” is designed especially for those concerned with education in remote or rural areas of the country. “People in rural communities, just as those living elsewhere, need information and resources they can rely on for making good decisions about the education of their children,” Riley said. “This site provides them with immediate access to timely, research-based information.” Developed by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) at the request of four senators, this site provides access to recent data collected by NCES, as well as access to resources available through selected contractors and grantees of the U.S. Department of Education. The web site provides links to data and information on current and changing conditions in education in rural America, including enrollment data, National Assessment of Educational Progress scores, course-taking, dropouts, transitions to college, availability of advanced course offerings and technology, teacher characteristics, class size, technology, discipline, and facilities. The new web site also has links to relevant department programs, research, and promising practices related to rural education.