ERIC Number: ED330040
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
A Review of Year-Round Education Research.
Zykowski, Jane L.; And Others
A comprehensive review of research and professional literature on the development of year-round education in the United States is presented in this synthesis, with a focus on policy implementation issues in California. The first part presents an overview of year-round schooling and descriptions of California legislative mandates. Next, a discussion of organizational feasibility examines achievement, educational and social-political issues, and fiscal impact. Planning for the implementation of year-round schools and policy questions are discussed in the final sections. Conclusions are that: (1) the sociopolitical impact on a district is related to its understanding of year-round education as comprehensive organizational change; (2) implementation costs must be based on four main components--capital, operational and transitional costs, and revenue incentives; and (3) studies have failed to show significant differences in student achievement between year-round and traditional programs. These conclusions underscore the need for well-designed data-based research on the organizational impact of year-round education. Eight figures and two tables, an appendix of calendar options, and an extensive bibliography are included. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Educational Research Cooperative, Riverside.