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ERIC Number: ED544703
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
Extended School Year. Information Capsule. Volume 0910
Blazer, Christie
Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Extended school years are being considered by districts around the country as educators search for new ways to raise student achievement. The addition of time to the school calendar is also supported by President Barack Obama, who recently stated that American students do not spend enough time in school. This Information Capsule addresses research conducted on extended school years and their impact on student achievement. Although studies have produced inconclusive results on the universal benefits of extended school years, researchers have reached agreement on three key points: quality of time is more important than quantity of time; low income and low ability students benefit most from extended school years; and no relationship has been found between scores on international tests of academic achievement and the amount of time students spend in school. This report also reviews concerns related to extended school years, including their prohibitive cost and their potentially negative impact on businesses that are dependent on the traditional school year. In addition, guidelines districts can follow to increase the likelihood that their extended year programs will produce achievement gains are summarized. (Contains 2 tables.)
Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools. 1450 NE Second Avenue, Miami, FL 33132. Tel: 305-995-1000; Fax: 305-995-7521; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Research Services
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment