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A Statewide Evaluation of Academic Achievement in Year-Round Schools. Journal Of Educational Research [serial online]. November 2001;95(2):67. Ipswich, MA. April 30, 2012.
Through studies and reports however, the concept of year-round schooling has produced very minimal improvements and positive results amongst students. When compared to students of traditional education, those who participate in the year-round schooling system show little advantage and/or improvement. It is even suggested by some that the year-round program ineffectively promotes learning loss instead of benefits. Overall the year-round school system is very inconsistent and unreliable. The results and benefits have not proven to be great enough to give the platform a sound argument and reasonable support.
The driver is intrigued and decides to do some research. From the research, this person found that students are achieving more academically and the teachers are well rested. Year-round schooling is beneficial to school systems because: it alleviates overcrowding, offers remedial opportunities, decreases teacher burnout, increases retention rates, assists English as a Second Language (ESL) and low-poverty students, and improves the entire school community. Wildavsky (1999) says, “[The National Association for Year-Round Education] defines a year-round school as an institution with fewer than eight weeks of summer vacation” (para. 7).
It is true that many studies had somewhat faulty methodologies, failing to account for other variables that could have affected performance, like socioeconomic level or level of parental education (1). However, two major meta-analyses, by Worthen and Zsiray (1994) and Cooper, Valentine, Charlton, and Melson (2003), found support for the assertion that “Students in year-round schools do as well or slightly better in terms of academic achievement than students ... ... middle of paper ... ...ities. It would also help students by keeping them engaged and focused before and after breaks. Considering all the gains to be made from year-round school, perhaps it is time to give up the long, sweltering three months of summer break and receive shorter and more frequent ones that benefit everyone in the school. I know I wouldn’t miss them.
According to the National Association for Year-Round Education (NAYRE), “the pervasive and unique impact of extended-year schooling on children's cognitive development suggested that it may be a key reform in improving the American education system” (Frazier-Gustafson, 2003). The purpose of this research paper is to investigate how technology-rich year-round schooling can promote academic success for students. Traditional Calendars Traditional school-year calendars usually begin the day after Labor Day and end early in the summer, with a Christmas break, selective holidays, and a three-month summer vacation. It is also known as the agrarian calendar because school’s needed to revolve around the same time as the harvesting and planting of crops. The calendar was made this way to allow for children to be available to the family for farming during the months of summer.
Another was the disruption of summer camps, and the student employment, in which the traditional school calendar does not interfere. In the now traditional school calendar children receive a three-month vacation from school, which results in most cases that children forget plenty of information they had learned the past year. So when they arrive back to school, teachers tend to spend up to three or four weeks reviewing and consequently lose time to learn something new. The National Association for Year-Round Education made a research that proved that students with low income made simil... ... middle of paper ... ...f three months to rest from school, this is not good for students who most of the time forget a large quantity of information they learned the past year and return to school to review what they have already seen. For this reason, the year-round education calendar is a better option for schools and for students as well.
More learning creates better grades for students. There is research which shows the addition of having high-quality teaching time benefits everyone. Low-income students and the others with little opportunity are the ones who benefit the most from more time in school. Students also tend to behave better when they have more guidance. (Silva).
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