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In 1991, graduate students at North Carolina State University conducted an evaluation of the first 2 years of the Year-Round Education (YRE) Program of the Wake County Public School System. The evaluation involved surveys of 350 parents and 42 teachers that assessed their satisfaction with the program, and brief group interviews with 12 randomly selected students from grades three through five. There was a response rate of 82% for the parent survey and 81% for the teacher survey. Almost all parents, and all teachers, indicated that the multitrack YRE calendar was suitable for their lifestyles. Asked to compare YRE with a traditional calendar, 95% of parents and 97% of teachers indicated that YRE programs better meet the needs of children; 83% of parents and 97% of teachers believed that YRE better promotes the development of the whole child; 60% of parents agreed that child care or supervision can be provided more adequately in a YRE program; and 56% of parents and 67% of teachers felt that extracurricular activities and special events were accommodated better in YRE. Changes over time in students' standardized achievement test scores were compared for YRE students and a roughly equivalent group of students attending schools with standard schedules. There were no significant differences between the achievement test scores of YRE students and a similar population of students at traditional schools. Survey instruments and item-by-item results are included. (AC)

Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Comparative Analysis, Elementary Education, Parent Attitudes, Participant Satisfaction, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Scores, Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Year Round Schools

Autor: Serow, Robert; And Others


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