Does Shortening the School Week Impact Student Performance? Evidence from the Four-Day School Week


Does Shortening the School Week Impact Student Performance? Evidence from the Four-Day School Week

Issue/Topic: Scheduling/School Calendar--Week
Author(s): Anderson, D. Mark; Walker, Mary Beth
Organization(s): Montana State University; Georgia State University
Publication:
Published On: 2/1/2012

Background:
Past research on block scheduling and year-round schooling shows mixed and inconclusive results on student performance. Research into increasing instructional time suggests a positive impact on achievement but with diminishing returns.

Purpose:
To determine the relationship between the four-day school week and academic performance among elementary school students

Findings/Results:
The four-day school week is associated with:
Policy Implications/Recommendations:

Research Design:
Differences-in-differences empirical strategy

Population/Participants/Subjects:
4th and 5th grade students

Year data is from:
2000-2010

Setting:
State

Data Collection and Analysis:
Test score data from the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP); specifically, 4th grade reading and 5th grade mathematics scores. School schedules information from the Colorado Department of Education and districts.

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