Don’t look now – you might ruin your summer vacation – but the 2013-14 school calendar that is posted online might include the dreaded “August creep.” The first day of school has been moving up for several years; some schools are scheduled to open the second week of August.
“Early open” schools earn high grades from administrators – who appreciate the extra instructional time before students must take mandatory achievement tests – but low marks from parents. As one parent complained to me, “What if my son’s baseball team makes the playoffs? Do I let him miss the first days of school to play ball?”
I haven’t seen research that says an earlier start date results in higher test scores, but that hasn’t stopped the spread of August creep.