ERIC Number: ED238157
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Oct
Reference Count: 0
School Day/School Year Mandates. A Report and Preliminary Recommendations.
Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield.
As part of a comprehensive study of all mandates placed by the state of Illinois on elementary and secondary education, an analysis was undertaken of the school day/school year mandate in its historical perspective, inquiring into its original purpose, how well that purpose has been served, whether the mandate is still needed, and whether a differently defined or implemented mandate would yield the desired result. The study revealed that since 1959 (when the minimum required daily instructional time was extended to 5 hours), the substantial increase in new instructional mandates and ancillary educational services, reflecting a common belief in education as a vehicle for social change, has imposed a burden on school time allotments, as new programs necessarily displace time previously devoted to the basic purposes of schooling. Accordingly, an increase in the school day or school year in itself will not guarantee improved student achievement. Rather, the state should define the academic core of instruction, mandating five hours each day for language arts, foreign languages, mathematics, science, and social studies (including history), while adding two hours to accommodate other instructional services. Appendixes are provided, including statutes, regulatory references, and selected statistical data. (TE)
Descriptors: Core Curriculum, Educational Improvement, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Extended School Day, Extended School Year, Required Courses, Scheduling, School Effectiveness, School Responsibility, School Statistics, Secondary School Curriculum, State Boards of Education, State Legislation, State School District Relationship, State Surveys, Statistical Surveys, Time Factors (Learning)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield.
Note: Portions of appendixes may reproduce poorly due to small print.