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1/13/2014 6:00:00 AM
Letter: KUSD grasping at straws

The comments in the stories give no indication of success with Year Round School (YRS). They include "thought it would help," "don't believe it would hinder," "might alleviate stress," and "could have positive effect." I didn't see indicators like "will," "studies show," and "proven to." It appears the district is grasping at straws.

I have looked at a number of web sites addressing YRS. As mentioned in the article, there would be a financial impact. I learned it could be as much as a 10 percent increase. Another problem could be the time necessary for major repair needs.

Problems? For students, difficulty in finding a job for teens who need to work. For the district, interaction with traditional scheduled schools would be extremely complicated, and outside extracurricular activities would be greatly disrupted.

Most importantly, in the sites I reviewed academic results were described as "no measurable differences," "statistically the same," "big test score declines," "student achievement is inconclusive and contradictory," "an absolutely trivial difference" and "no correlation between the length of the school day or year and academic achievement."

Many schools that adopted a YRS schedule have returned to a traditional schedule.

Change for the sake of change is not the answer. It's not the configuration of the time that makes a difference. The quality of the time in the classroom is what makes the difference.

It cannot be denied that reading is the foundation of learning. Implement a separate program for those who are two or more years behind their grade level that includes intensive reading, writing and math. Increasing the desire to read allows students to select material in which they have a high interest. Select literacy and math specialists to train teachers and tutor students. Use these methods in after school tutoring and summer school. The one size fits all does not work.

Year Round School would be a big mistake. It is not a proven method of academic improvement. Research the proven methods of success and implement them in current curriculum and scheduling.

Our children have been the guinea pigs for a multitude of failed experiments for decades. Enough is enough.

Joan Monteith

Kingman


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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, January 13, 2014
Article comment by: Common Sense

I'm confused. It's called Year Round yet the number of days students are at school stays the same. From my understanding, the summer is shortened by 3 weeks and 2 week breaks are added in every 9 weeks?

I'm curious as to the reason they want to implement "year round school". Does it have to do with they Beyond Textbooks thing the district's using now.




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