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Effects of four-day school weeks on school finance and achievement: Evidence from Oklahoma

Publication Authors: 
Morton, Emily
Publication Year: 
2020 August 13 on line
Publication Journal: 
Educational Research: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.3102/0013189X20948023

Motivated by potential financial savings, 4-day school weeks have proliferated across the United States in recent years, reaching public schools in 24 states as of 2019. The consequences of the 4-day school week for students, schools, and communities are largely unknown. This article uses district-level panel data from Oklahoma and a difference-in-differences research design to examine the causal effect of the 4-day schedule on school district finance and academic achievement. Results indicate that 4-day weeks decrease districts’ federal revenues and their noninstructional and support services expenditures. Decreases are concentrated specifically in operations, transportation, and food services expenditures and amount to approximately 2.03% of the average 4-day district’s budget. There is no detectable effect of the 4-day week on academic achievement.

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