ERIC Number: ED416570
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Block Scheduling at Portsmouth High School: A Status Report.
Lister, Robert J.
School officials have tried various scheduling strategies to strengthen curriculums. One such strategy, block scheduling, affected the operation of Portsmouth High School, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. This status report examines the use of block scheduling over a 2.5 year period and focuses on how this change influenced people, curriculum, test scores, and other areas of school life. It is intended as a working document for the school's faculty and administration as they develop a comprehensive evaluation after several years with block scheduling. The report reviews the literature and sketches a historical perspective about strategies high schools use to prepare adolescents for the future. It is intended to provide information, identify successes, make recommendations for further study, and offer critiques of various aspects of block scheduling. The report focuses on the history of Portsmouth High School and how the process of change was introduced. It examines implications of schedule changes for students and faculty and lists implications of such scheduling for curriculum and instructional methodologies. It offers an assessment of students and block scheduling and provides feedback from students, faculty, and parents. A summary of findings is included. (Contains 50 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Portsmouth Public Schools, NH.