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Definition of Year Round Education


Definition of Year Round Education

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Definition: Year Round Education is when schools operate on a 180 day system, yet they spread these days out across the year with shorter breaks between each term as opposed to a longer summer break. In America, schools typically operate on a 10-month system as established when the United States was still a largely agrarian nation. However, year round education would change this so that instead of 10 months in school with a two month vacation, students would go for shorter periods of time and have longer breaks interspersed. The most popular example of year round education is the 45-15 plan. This has students attending school 45 days and then getting three weeks (15 days) off. The normal breaks (holiday, spring) are still built into this calendar. Many others ways exist to organize the calendar, including the 60-20 and the 90-30 plans. Implementation of year round education is sometimes done using a multi-tracking system. There is a debate in America over the effectiveness of year round education.
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