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Is the School Calendar Dated?: Summer Learning Loss and the Achievement Gap


by Harris Cooper - September 15, 2008

The history of the school calendar is briefly described along with two concerns raised by its long summer break -- summer learning loss and the widening of the achievement gap between rich and poor. Research on the effectiveness of four solutions -- adding days to the school year, modifying the school calendar, summer school, and summer homework -- is described. Predictions about future changes in the school calendar are offered along with how these might best be fashioned to serve families and students.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: September 15, 2008
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15375, Date Accessed: 8/20/2019 4:52:33 PM

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