Continuing on the theme of altering time, or at least rearranging the way that schools use the time they have, the Post offers an assessment of how "block" scheduling is changing high schools in Maryland.
Much of it is old news. Many schools, including those in our overly large district, have been on this modification of the traditional schedule since the early 90’s. But this point, which comes at the end of the article, needs to be made.
The lesson of block scheduling, according to studies and position papers, is that no such reform will magically raise test scores. A 2003 study tracking ACT scores in 450 Illinois and Iowa high schools found no benefit to block scheduling. Locally, school systems with block scheduling and those without all report steady progress.
Block scheduling is nothing more than a minor rearrangement of the standard, outdated school structure and, by itself, does nothing to improve teaching and learning. I know I’m repeating past rantings, but it’s still true.