Outlines challenges for rural high schools such as funding inequities and advantages such as parental support. Recommends best practices and policies for improving standards, accountability, student options, teachers, community support, and resources.
- Observation: Funding for high-level coursework, necessary to improve students' preparation for college, is needed for many rural high schools
- Observation: Retaining effective teachers, many of whom move on to surrounding urban and suburban areas, is an important step toward improving rural high school classrooms
- Observation: Strong rural communities play a vital role in the success of their local high schools