ERIC Number: ED098662
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
Year-Round Education in Pennsylvania. A Status Report on State-Funded Programs.
The Pennsylvania Legislature funded a two-year program to enable interested local schools to conduct exploratory programs on all-year scheduling. Funds were allocated by contract on the basis of the local school's need and readiness to conduct some type of all-year school program or to study the feasibility of such a program. Findings indicate that year-round operation can produce major economic savings if there is a need to construct a new school or an addition to a school. The potential savings in the year-to-year operational budget is less clear. A remedial program that helps prevent students from failing a grade can produce an economic as well as a social savings. An accelerated program can cost more in the short run, but, because a student spends fewer years in school, may not cost more in the long run. An enrichment program will probably cost more than a regular program because of the extra services provided. Year-round programs tend to offer a greater variety of courses and to serve as a vehicle for the implementation of mini-courses and individualized instruction. A flexible year-round program can provide equal opportunity for a quality education in terms of a more humane learning environment, a more relevant curriculum, a more appropriate instructional process, a more flexible use of time and learning facilities, and a more rational pupil evaluation system. (Author/DN)
Descriptors: Cost Effectiveness, Curriculum Development, Efficiency, Elementary Secondary Education, Extended School Year, Humanization, Individualized Instruction, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Relevance (Education), School Schedules, State Aid, State Programs, Trimester System, Year Round Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Educational Administration and Management Support Services.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania