Four-day school weeks are popular with students and teachers in Caldwell Parish, Louisiana, but test scores are declining, reports AP. The district adopted the four-day week two years ago and plans to continue for the upcoming school year.
A comparison of Caldwell Parish fourth-grade LEAP scores from 2007 before the shortened week to those of the 2010 spring scores shows that the percentage of students scoring basic and above dropped in three out of four subject areas.
The number of students scoring basic and above in English language arts increased 5 percent, but fell 4 percent in math, 7 percent in science and 8 percent in social studies.
Eighth-grade scores also were down in three out of four subject areas. The percentage of students in eighth grade scoring basic or above was down 2 percent in English language arts, down 9 percent in math, down 9 percent in science and up 1 percent in social studies.
Students qualifying for promotion from grade four to five has remained the same as in 2007, but students meeting promotional standards in eighth grade are down four points.
Superintendent John Sartin said the district’s performance score, which reflect test scores, attendance, dropout rates and graduation outcomes, increased from 92.8 in 2007 to 96 in 2009.