Rural High Schools in the Southeast Are Larger and Have Higher Poverty Rates Than in Other States


Last Updated: April 01, 2006
 

This article appeared in the April 2006 Rural Policy Matters.

How does rural high school size in southeastern states compare with the rest of the nation?

Rural high school size in southeast compared with the rest of the nation

How do rural high school poverty rates in southeastern states compare with the rest of the nation?

Rural high school poverty rates in southeast compared with rest of nation

Data notes: All data were obtained from the National Center for Educational Statistics (www.nces.ed.gov). The dataset used was comprised of all regular public schools located in communities with fewer than 2,500. The Southeast region included the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. The total number of schools was 1,510 (Southeast) and 6,227 (all other U.S. states). To obtain a standardized measure of high school size while accounting for the various configurations of schools that include grade 12, we computed a cohort enrollment for each high school (i.e., the number of students per grade level), then multiplied the cohort enrollment by four to obtain a 9–12 enrollment size.

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