Oklahoma Rural Schools Research Alliance

 This alliance brings together rural educators, Native American Indian tribes, policymakers, researchers, and others to investigate factors and potential solutions related to strengthening rural school performance.


More than two-thirds of Oklahoma school districts are classified as rural, giving the state one of the highest proportions of rural districts in the REL Southwest Region.1 The state's rural schools face several challenges, including poverty, limited resources, and difficulty recruiting and training teachers.

The Oklahoma Rural Schools Research Alliance is examining factors that affect rural school performance. Alliance work includes refining the research agenda and supporting the use of data to inform and improve practice and develop products tailored to rural schools. In addition, the alliance builds the knowledge base and capacity of rural alliance members and education policymakers in Oklahoma to understand and apply data and research evidence.

Goal

Understand the factors that contribute to or impede progress related to school performance and student college and career readiness in Oklahoma's rural areas



1. National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data, 2010-2011.