Modified School Calendar
A modified school calendar reorganizes the school year to provide more continuous learning by dividing the long summer into smaller breaks throughout the year. Learning is continuous with a modified school calendar. The extent of learning loss that results from interruptions in learning due to school closure is reduced when learning is spread out over extended periods. Research shows that there are many benefits to a modified school calendar.
- Studies show that children do not maintain the same rate of learning over the summer as they do during the traditional school year. Low-achieving students are more seriously affected by this decline than average and high achievers.
- Studies also show that students remember more information, especially in reading and math, which means increased performance in the classroom.
- Schools who have adopted the modified school calendar report increased student attendance, fewer discipline problems, and a reduced student dropout rate for older students.
- The new calendar provides families with a more flexible way to plan family gatherings and vacations.
- Extended learning will result in less stress and burnout for teachers and students. The break refreshes teachers and students and increases enthusiasm and motivation for teaching and learning.