ERIC Number: ED113818
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: N/A
The Four-Day School Week. ERS Report.
Stemnock, Suzanne K.
Overcrowded schools are still a problem to many superintendents and principals who must devise ways of maintaining the quality of educational programs with little or no additional expenditure per pupil while accommodating more pupils in the same facilities. One approach tried by a few districts at the secondary level is the rescheduling of the school week whereby students attend classes four days a week, with or without a corresponding increase in the length of the school day. Six operating programs and one proposed but untried plan are presented here. Although four of the programs were originally instituted primarily to relieve overcrowded schools, each program reportedly realized one or more additional benefits (reduced costs, reduced pupil-teacher ratio, or expanded course offerings). Locally prepared descriptive materials cite these "fringe benefits" as the real strengths of the program rather than the fact that the four-day week relieves overcrowding. An overview of the research on the relationship between length of instructional time and student achievement and an extensive bibliography are included. (Author/IRT)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Administrator Attitudes, Educational Economics, Educational Facilities, Educational Finance, Parent Attitudes, School Community Relationship, School Schedules, Secondary Education, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Research Service, Arlington, VA.