by Dr. Terry Stoops
Former Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
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.