TitleImpacts of the four-day school week on high school achievement and educational engagement
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsThompson, PN, Tomayko, EJ, Gunter, K, Schuna, Jr, JM
JournalEducation Economics
Pagination1 - 13
Date Published12/2021

Four-day school week schedules are being adopted with increasing frequency, particularly in rural areas. In this paper, we consider the academic implications of students in Oregon attending a four-day school week for the first time when they enter high school. We find 11th grade math achievement in 0.09 standard deviations lower among four-day school week students, with significant impacts driven by four-day school week students in non-rural settings. We also find a greater number of four-day school week students being classified as chronically absent. Finally, we find reductions in on-time graduation among four-day school week students compared to five-day students.

Short TitleEducation Economics