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A number of studies suggests that the small size of many rural schools gives their students, especially the poorest, a leg up on academic achievement. This notion is supported by the standardized test results presented in this report, from a sample of the primarily small schools participating in the Rural School and Community Trust, a national federation of schools and communities "getting better together." Overall, the evidence shows students in Rural Trust schools making steady gains in performance on national standardized tests and statewide assessments at all grade levels and in all subjects, and the scores of Rural Trust students comparing favorably with state averages. Data tables present: (1) results from the Ninth Edition of the Stanford Achievement Test (SAT-9) for California schools in the Rural Trust in 1998-2000 and for Alabama and South Dakota schools in 1996-2000; (2) statewide achievement test results for schools in Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, Oregon, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin; and (3) results from college entrance exams (SAT and ACT) in Rural Trust schools in 12 states. Brief descriptions of the national standardized tests, statewide assessments, and college entrance examinations are given, as well as examples of schools that showed remarkable gains on particular tests. (SV)

Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Gains, Achievement Tests, College Entrance Examinations, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Rural Schools, Scores, Small Schools, Standardized Tests, Tables (Data)

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Autor: Rural School and Community Trust, Washington, DC.; Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA. Graduate School of Education.

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=7386&id=ED458072







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