ERIC Number: EJ772511
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Releasing Students from Class for Spiritual Instruction: Does It Hinder Academic Performance?
Hodge, David R.
Children & Schools, v29 n3 p161-171 Jul 2007
Release time programs allow public school students to be excused from classes to receive offsite spiritual instruction during school hours. With the passage of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, schools are under increasing pressure to raise test scores, which has led to questions about the advisability of allowing students to miss classes. In the face of these concerns, this study examined the relationship between release time participation and academic outcomes in a large urban school district. Contrary to what might be expected, participation in release time was not associated with lower academic test scores. The article also explores the possibility that release time may represent a form of social capital, particularly in low-income neighborhoods, helping to instill values that directly and indirectly help students to achieve academically.
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Urban Schools, Social Capital, Academic Achievement, Religious Education, Spiritual Development, Scores, Achievement Tests, Correlation, Low Income Groups, Released Time, School Schedules, Public Schools
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001