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School Calendar Reform includes:

  • Definitions of the various types of year-round education
  • A historical background and recent developments on calendar restructuring
  • Responses to common questions pertinent to the stakeholders involved in calendar reform
  • An explanation of program evaluation and indicators of school quality

This book will be of interest to all stakeholders including public school officials and the general public.

About the Authors
Charles Ballinger serves as executive director, emeritus of the National Association for Year-Round Education. He has been a teacher, an administrator, a laboratory school instructor, a state department of education consultant, and professional association chief executive, during which he became America's leading advocate for modifying the traditional school calendar.

arolyn Kneese is a retired associate professor of Educational Administration at Texas A&M-Commerce. She has had ten years of public school teaching experience, along with twelve years of research experience, the majority of which time has been spent investigating issues related to the impact of the balanced calendar on student achievement, including students at-risk and disadvantaged populations.


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Table of Contents

  Part I: The Concept of Year-Round Education and Calendar Modification

o A Rationale for Modifying the Traditional School Calendar

o Efforts to Modify the Calendar: Pat, Present, and Future

o Rethinking the School Year: Flexibility in the Annual Calendar

o Frequently Asked Questions About Calendar Modification and Year-Round Education

  Part II: Evaluating the Program

o Evaluating the Program and Research Findings

o A Dialogue for School Reform

o Conclusion: A Promising Solution

  Appendix A: Single Track/Balanced Calendar

  Appendix B: Multi-Track Calendar

  Appendix C: Extended Year Calendar