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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
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15375, Date Accessed: 4/24/2014 10:24:11 PM

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