Monday, 3 January 2011
02:10:09 PM (GMT)
Yep, thats right. Everybody's thumbs down on the 'no summer va-ca' idea,
especially kids. Who wants school year round? Nobody! (maybe dorks :D) But if your
smart enough to know both sides of the story, maybe your thought will change....
Year-round education (YRE) reorganizes the school year to provide more continuous
learning by dividing the long summer vacation into shorter, more frequent breaks. It
does not eliminate the summer vacation, but merely reduces it. Year-round education
is an alternative schedule for learning. Students in a year-round program attend the
same classes and receive the same amount of instruction as students on a nine-month
calendar (usually 180 days), although in a few YRE schools, the school year has been
lengthened. The year-round calendar is organized into instructional blocks and
vacation periods that are evenly distributed across 12 months.
Findings from a study of San Diego (California) elementary schools indicate that
students in year-round schools outperformed those in traditional schools in the
degree of achievement in reading, language, and math test scores.
Schools in Jefferson County, Colorado abandoned the year-round calendar in 1989 after
13 years of year-round operation in approximately 50 district schools. Despite
community protests, half of the district's schools went year-round beginning in 1974
to relieve overcrowding. The district reports no educational improvement or increased
test scores. In fact, the decline in test scores in one high school led to decision
to return to the traditional calendar. The community passed a $93 million school
construction bond six years ago to get rid of year-round school. When the year-round
issue threatened again in 1992, the community soundly defeated it, based on past
experience. (Jefferson County School District information, 1991)
After operating year-round schools for nine years, Prince William County, Virginia
returned to a traditional calendar, basing their decision on little academic
improvement, few cost benefits and parent reaction. According to Dr. Mary Weybright,
supervisor of programs and planning, "There were not enough advantages to outweigh
Houston abandoned its first experiment with year-round schools after eight years,
concluding the program was extremely expensive, it failed to relieve overcrowding and
student achievement did not increase. School officials planned to save $6.9 million
by eliminating funding necessary for the program.
In 1972, Romeoville, Illinois, a Chicago suburb, implemented a multi-track program in
16 schools to relieve overcrowding. According to John Lukancic, assistant
superintendent of Valley View schools, they abandoned the schedule after eight years
because of high operational costs of air conditioning and maintenance, difficulty in
filling year-round administrative positions, and scheduling problems at the high
It reduces summer learning loss.
Employment opportunities for high school students are best during the months between
May and August.
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