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  • Writer's pictureJoanne Jacobs

School's out early: Some students get much less class time than others

Students in Texas and Nebraska spend a lot more time in class than students in Hawaii and Nevada, according to new research, reports Kevin Mahnken on The 74. Over a K-12 education, it adds to several years of schooling. And, on average, kids who spend less time in school learn less.


Some school districts have longer school days or years than the state minimum, writes Mahnken. "But at the median, schools in the five states that set highest minimum amount of instructional time (Texas, Nebraska, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Alabama) are open for 133 hours more per year than those in the five states with the lowest minimums (Hawaii, Nevada, Maine, Oregon, and Rhode Island)."



In addition, more school district have moved to four-day weeks, writes Mahnken. The school day is longer, but often not enough to make up for the missing day.


It's popular for rural districts where students face long bus rides, says Paul N. Thompson, an Oregon State economics professor. His research shows "substantial losses in achievement" for Oregon districts. "Notably, the learning losses at those schools grew the longer they stayed on a four-day week, suggesting that the effects were compounding as students lost more instructional time," writes Mahnken.


Thompson's new study of four-day weeks nationwide again found achievement declines. "The academic slippage was greatest in schools that lost more instructional time, as well as those in less rural settings."


Even when schools are open, students may stay home. Since the pandemic closed schools, chronic absenteeism -- missing 10 percent or more of the school year -- has doubled, according to the Kids Count report. "Two out of three stu­dents attend­ed schools plagued by chron­ic absence."


Student behavior is worse too, so instructional time is more likely to be disrupted.

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defeated hapless
defeated hapless
6月14日

There needs to be activities that promote student learning to help teaching activities become more positive and attract more proactive learning from students. Geometry Dash Lite

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mrmillermathteacher
mrmillermathteacher
6月12日

And block scheduling results in even less instructional time than a "traditional" schedule.

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JK Brown
JK Brown
6月11日

And that is just butts in seats time not actual instruction which even for the least unruly schools has been found to be about 10 minutes of actual instruction out of the 50 minute class period via desk audits.


It is why a self-disciplined homeschooler can do a weeks equivalent of state school work in one or two short mornings a week. Then has the time to learn something useful not in the indoctrination program.

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