Rural Study Group CoverIn 2004, NASBE released a State Education Standard focused on the issues and challenges facing rural schools. Ten years later, NASBE facilitated a study group on rural education to discuss what has changed and what new challenges require the attention of state education policymakers.

This report details the Rural Education Study Group’s recommendations for how state boards of education can address deficits, deploy existing assets, and enhance the capacity of rural areas to ensure all students are prepared for college, careers, and civic life.