School administrators across the country are increasingly adjusting their calendars to eliminate summer break, with more than 3,700 public k-12 schools operating year-round.
Over 30 states have schools operating on the alternative calendar. Here are some popular calendar models:
“45-15” – K-12 schools hold nine weeks of classes (45) followed by three-week breaks (15).
“60-20” – K-12 schools hold 12 weeks of classes (60) followed by four-week breaks (20).
“45-10” – K-12 schools hold nine weeks of classes (45) followed by two-week breaks (10).
According to a recent Texas study, researchers found that average passing rates for students in the year-round school were higher than for pupils following a traditional calendar.
Even though they are eliminating a long summer break, the number of school days typically remain the same or at least similar to a traditional academic calendar.
These year-round school initiatives are being implemented to prevent summer learning loss - a problem that some say cause students to lose about two months of grade level equivalency in math skills.
Research has also suggested summer vacation contributes to the achievement gap between low-income and middle-class students. Many K-12 students find learning opportunities to take part in over the summer, but low-income students are less likely to have access to them.
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