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Citation:  Jordan, J. L., Kostandini, G., & Mykerezi, E. (2012). Rural and urban high school dropout rates: Are they different?. Journal of Research in Rural Education, 27 (12), 21.
Title:  Rural and urban high school dropout rates: Are they different?
Authors:  Jordan, J. L., Kostandini, G., & Mykerezi, E.
Year:  2012
Journal/Publication:  Journal of Research in Rural Education
Publisher:  Penn State University College of Education
Full text:  http://jrre.vmhost.psu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/27-12.pdf   
Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  Not reported

Structured abstract:

Purpose:  The purpose of this study is to estimate the high school drop out rate in rural and urban areas, the reasons for dropping out, and if graduation rates have differed over time.
Data collection and analysis:  The authors used geocoded data from two nationally representative panel household surveys (NLSY97 AND NLSY79), as well as a unique methodology to correct for biases in graduation rates (Heckman and La Fontaine, 2010).
Findings:  Rural and urban high school graduation rates are similar in the early 2000s, and were about 3% lower than that of the 1980s. The main factors associated with graduation in both urban and rural areas are gender, family assets, presence of biological parents, and maternal qualities.
Conclusions:  Once family attributes are discussed, the authors believe the differences between rural and urban areas are small.

Populations served:  Rural and remote communities
Transition-age youth (14 - 24)
High school dropouts / functionally illiterate persons