Knox County school board explores transitioning to balanced cale

Knox County school board explores transitioning to balanced calendar

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"It allows us to have nine weeks of instruction, two or three weeks of an intersession where you can provide intervention for students struggling, enrichment for students doing okay, and then actual school vacation, a school break as well." "It allows us to have nine weeks of instruction, two or three weeks of an intersession where you can provide intervention for students struggling, enrichment for students doing okay, and then actual school vacation, a school break as well."

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Knox County Board of Education met Monday night, talking about the district's strategic plan. Part of that could mean a change in the school calendar.

The strategic plan is entitled "Excellence for Every Child," and the 49-page plan outlines some goals for the district as well as some concrete initiatives. One of the ideas is taking a look at the feasibility of transitioning to a balanced calendar.

What that would mean is an extended school year with more frequent breaks. It would cut the summer vacation down to six weeks with the hope of minimizing summer learning loss.

The goal is to maximize student learning.

"It allows us to have nine weeks of instruction, two or three weeks of an intersession where you can provide intervention for students struggling, enrichment for students doing okay, and then actual school vacation, a school break as well. What that allows us to do is support students in real time, so that after a nine week period if students are behind, they can catch up and start that next nine weeks back on grade level, exactly back where they need to be," said Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre.

More online: Read the full strategic plan draft [PDF]

The calendar, as well as several other items in this plan, are not necessarily a done deal. Some of them are more explorative ideas. 

The board was scheduled to discuss the strategic plan Monday night and vote on Wednesday. The community will be allowed to give their input before the board makes a final vote in August. The plan goes into effect at the start of the school year.


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