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


A number of people contributed to the development and production of Status of Education in Rural America. John Ralph, of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), provided guidance in the development of the report, which was prepared under the general direction of Thomas Snyder and Val Plisko (NCES). Andrew White (NCES) reviewed the entire document.

Several staff members at the Education Statistics Services Institute (ESSI) contributed to this report. ESSI is funded by NCES and composed of staff from the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and a number of partner organizations. Mary Ann Fox of ESSI-AIR provided overall guidance, research support, and statistical analysis. Elizabeth Jacinto (ESSI-AIR) and William Sonnenberg (NCES) gave programming and data support. Nancy Collins, in her role as an independent contractor for ESSI-AIR, provided programming assistance. Lauren Drake (ESSI-MacroSys) provided research and formatting support. Tom Nachazel (ESSI-AIR) copyedited the report. Michael Stock, Kalle Medhurst, and Katie Ferguson (ESSI-MacroSys) worked on the cover design and report layout and did the desktop publishing of the report.

Status of Education in Rural America has received extensive reviews by several people, both within and outside of the Department of Education. We would like to thank them for their time and expert advice: Kristin Flanagan, Sandy Eyster, Zeyu Xu, Aparna Sundaram, Alison Slade, and Stephen Mistler of ESSI-AIR, Alexandra Henning of ESSI-QIP, and Siri Warkentien of ESSI-Child Trends; and Duc-Le To of IES.


Stephen Provasnik
National Center for Education Statistics

Angelina KewalRamani
Mary McLaughlin Coleman
Lauren Gilbertson
Education Statistics Services Institute--American Institutes for Research

Will Herring
Qingshu Xie
Education Statistics Services Institute--MacroSys Research and Technology