ERIC Number: ED354629
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Aug
Cost Effectiveness of Alternative Year Schooling. Final Report.
Hazleton, Jared E.; And Others
This study describes the major forms of year-round education, evaluates their potential costs and educational benefits (including effects on student academic achievement, learning retention, socialization, and employability), and assesses such programs' feasibility as to legal requirements and effects on school personnel and the larger community. Year-round education (YRE) or year-round schools or schooling (YRS) often connote two different alternations to the traditional school calendar: (1) increasing classroom time by extending the school year or the school day; and (2) rearranging the traditional 180-day school calendar to provide more frequent and shorter vacation periods. Research indicates that substantial increases of classroom time would result in some improvements in academic achievement, but would be very costly. Single-track YRE programs (all students in school or vacationing at the same time) now account for 46 percent of all YRE programs. The normal 3-month summer break may hinder learning retention, particularly for disadvantaged youth. Multitrack YRE programs offer potential capital savings due to more efficient facilities use; single-track YRE programs can be more expensive than 9-month calendar schools. A telephone survey of 1,003 Texans indicates weak commitment to YRE, but favorable disposition toward trying it. Another informal survey showed that 41 Texas school districts were operating some form of YRE (mostly single-track programs) and that teacher response is positive. Recommendations for further implementation of year-round programs in Texas are provided. Appendices contain descriptions of YRE plans, informal survey results, and Texas YRE districts information. (Contains 56 references.) (MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas Univ., Austin.
Authoring Institution: Texas A and M Univ., College Station. Coll. of Business Administration.
Identifiers - Location: Texas