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ERIC Number: ED464424
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jul-6
Pages: 20
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Year-Round Education in a Reform Environment: The Impact on Student Achievement and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis.
Dossett, Dena; Munoz, Marco
The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of year-round scheduling on student achievement and attendance and to conduct a cost-efficiency analysis associated with year-round education. Participants were students who attended year-round school in the fourth and fifth grades (N=95) and students who attended schools with traditional calendars at the same grade levels matched on third-grade test scores and socioeconomic status (N=95). Multivariate and univariate analysis revealed no significant differences between students attending year-round schools and those attending schools with traditional calendars in both reading and math achievement and average percent attendance. Cost-efficiency analysis revealed that year-round schools were more expensive and less cost-effective than the regular-calendar schools in both reading and math. The main conclusion of this research is that the year-round schedule is not a panacea and that there are more elements that have to be taken into consideration when approaching the issue of student achievement. Research results show the need for holistic approaches that incorporate both school and nonschool variables, such as the roles teachers, schools, and parents play that can and do influence student achievement. (Contains 24 references and 2 tables.) (RT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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