Ending the Fairfax Monday early dismissal policy would benefit poor and minority students

Andrew Rotherham criticizes Virginia school officials for adopting “dramatically different school performance targets based on race, ethnicity and income.”

“There are better ways to design an accountability system,” Rotherham says. “For starters, Virginia could set common targets that assume minority and poor students can pass state tests at the same rates as others and at the same time provide substantially more support to these students and their schools.”

Rothermere says that Virginia’s new policy is a step backward, not an improvement to the No Child Left Behind law, which has not yet been updated by Congress.

I posted the following comment to this Washington Post article:

Additional “support for minority and poor students” could be provided in Fairfax County elementary schools by ending the policy of dismissing all students two hours early on Mondays. Providing this improved schedule for all students in all schools is the best way of ensuring that all minority students and all poor students get the benefit of such a reform. Currently the students have 27.5 instructional hours per week. Next year there are 31 early dismissal Mondays. If the students were allowed to stay in school for a full day on Mondays, they would gain 62 instructional hours, the equivalent of 2.25 additional weeks in school.

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