Public Policy

Learning Time in America: Trends to Reform the American School Calendar

A Snapshot of Federal, State, and Local Action

Author: David Farbman, Ph.D.

Released in Summer 2011, NCTL and the Education Commission of the States are proud to release Learning Time in America: Trends to Reform the American School Calendar. The report shows that while some states and local governments have reduced learning time in response to severe budget pressures – typically by reducing the number of days in the school year – others have prioritized expanding learning time to better prepare students for success in high school, college and the workforce. In 2013, we updated this report to reflect the latest developments at the federal, state and local levels. You can find the update here

To view the full report, place the cursor over the image of the report cover below. You can scroll through the pages of the report on this screen, or click on the image to go to the full-screen view.