ERIC Number: ED170891
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of School Calendars.
New York State Education Dept., Albany. Div. of Research.
This report summarizes the Study of School Calendars in New York State. The Division of Research of the New York State Education Department was charged to study the effects of alternative school calendars on (1) energy conservation, (2) learning and retention of learning by students, (3) maximum utilization of school facilities, and (4) changing family and societal living patterns. Findings from research suggested that closing of school buildings may save fuel for the district, but probably causes increased fuel use in the homes. Research pertaining to learning and retention of knowledge supports the educational value of shorter vacation spans. The literature also supports the term rotation calendar as an operational procedure to make maximum use of school buildings. Unfortunately, public acceptance of year-round schooling is weak. Recommendations are that the Board of Regents should (1) seek enabling legislation that would allow school districts to operate experimentally under a calendar not presently deemed permissible; (2) encourage school districts to establish their own conservation practices; and (3) encourage the expansion of summer school programs, especially for the lower socioeconomic and handicapped students who could most benefit. (Author/MLF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State Education Dept., Albany. Div. of Research.
Identifiers - Location: New York