Student Population Change in Rural Illinois Schools and Its Implications for School Leaders

Ian C. Kinkley, John T. Yun


This paper examines rural public school student population change in Illinois and explores the implications of these changes on educational leadership. Secondary analysis of 16 years of data from NCES Common Core of Data Universe Surveys illuminates population change in terms of student enrollment and demographic characteristics. Findings suggest that these changes have occurred over the 16 year period and present potentially considerable challenges for school leaders especially given the broader state climate.


rural; education; leadership; population change

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