Lockers in school hallway

Five days of school are better than four

Paul N. Thompson, a professor of economics at Oregon State University, assessed the effects of a four-day schedule for public school students in Oregon. He found a significant decrease in student performance in schools that switched to a four-day schedule.

Why does this matter to North Carolina?  After all, we are not one of the states that feature districts that adopted four-day schedules. My hunch is that we’ll see a similar drop in performance among districts that adopted school reopening schedules that include an asynchronous day, that is, a day that allows students to work on their own without live instruction.

Terry Stoops / Director of the Center for Effective Education | John Locke Foundation

Terry Stoops is the Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies at the John Locke Foundation. Before joining the Locke Foundation, he worked as the progra...