A number of districts in the US are extending the school day by 30 minutes to make up for days lost due to snowfall closing many schools.
Interestingly school officials included the following in their explanation. “The additional 30 minutes prior to high-stakes assessments (TCAP) was preferable to adding days on to the end of the school calendar year because of the impact on student achievement and the accountability measurements by the state and federal governments.”
The current 12 week school term in Queensland is just too long for additional time to be added. However a number of principals and teachers are concerned about the time lost due to flood related disruptions.
In the particular State, the law allows for 13 days to be stockpiled for students. Students stockpile days by going 30 extra minutes each day. Teachers do not stockpile days, as they have a 200-day calendar by contract.
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