Focus Magazine, Fall 2019: A Dangerous Divide
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Focus Magazine, Fall 2019: A Dangerous Divide

Rural students face a growing gap in college-level learning

Posted: Sept. 20, 2019
Author(s): Susan Headden
Organization(s): Lumina Foundation

Here’s a surprising fact: Students from America’s rural communities graduate from high school at rates higher than the national average. Fully 80 percent of them finish 12th grade, just a shade below the 81 percent who graduate from more prosperous suburban schools. Making up about 14 percent of the school-age population, rural students also score better on the National Assessment of Educational Progress than do students in cities. Making up about 14 percent of the school-age population, rural students also score better on the National Assessment of Educational Progress than do students in cities. And then something goes wrong.

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