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Status of Education in Rural America
NCES 2007-040
June 2007

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Table 3.9a.

Percentage of public school teachers who reported potential problems as "serious problems" in their schools, by type of problem, locale, and grade level taught: 200304


Locale and grade level taught Students come to school unprepared to learn Lack of parental involvement Poverty Student apathy Student tardiness Student class cutting Students dropping out Student pregnancy
Total 26.8 21.6 21.4 16.6 13.9 5.6 3.3 2.4
City 36.9 30.3 32.2 20.5 21.7 10.3 5.6 3.5
Suburban 22.2 18.3 14.6 14.3 12.4 4.3 2.0 1.4
Town 25.7 19.2 22.4 16.8 10.2 3.9 3.3 3.4
Rural 22.0 17.4 17.7 15.0 8.7 2.9 2.7 2.0
           
Elementary 21.7 18.5 23.2 6.2 9.1 0.6 0.4 0.1
City 32.4 27.6 35.2 8.9 15.9 1.3 0.6 0.2 !
Suburban 17.2 16.0 16.2 5.2 7.6 0.4 0.1
Town 19.1 13.8 22.6 4.4 5.0 0.2 0.1 0.1
Rural 15.5 12.7 18.1 5.0 4.7 0.3 0.6 0.2
           
Middle 27.9 21.0 20.8 17.7 11.2 3.1 0.7 0.4
City 36.6 28.4 30.2 20.9 15.8 6.0 1.0 0.4
Suburban 24.9 19.1 15.7 17.2 10.6 2.2 0.2 0.2
Town 27.9 18.4 22.3 19.5 8.9 1.4 1.0 1.0
Rural 22.1 16.6 16.5 13.5 7.8 2.3 0.9 0.6
           
High school 33.0 26.5 19.5 30.3 23.2 14.8 10.0 7.5
City 44.8 36.8 29.9 39.0 37.0 28.8 18.2 11.9
Suburban 27.1 20.9 11.0 25.5 22.0 12.4 6.6 4.8
Town 32.3 26.8 22.2 31.3 18.8 11.4 9.9 10.3
Rural 29.0 22.9 18.0 26.8 13.6 6.0 6.2 4.9
! Interpret data with caution.
Reporting standards not met.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey, "Teacher Questionnaire," 200304.
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