Committee recommends doing away with 4-Block schedules

By on April 16, 2010

by Susan O’Neill
KANELAND—A committee recommended on Monday that Kaneland High School move away from its current 4-block schedule. The recommendation came after the committee conducted a review of current research, surveys and discussion with school staff, students and parents, as well as outside school site visits.

The current block schedule has been in place since 1999.

High School Assistant Principal Ian Smith said there were many reasons for the 19-person committee’s conclusion, including gaps that exist between sequential courses, a 22-hour-per-credit loss of instructional time, the difficulty of both teaching two concepts per day and of learning too much information each day, as well as less time for Response to Interventions (RTI) during the school day.

Research has shown that the block schedule has the largest negative impact on academic performance in the core areas, Smith said.

Smith asked for feedback and questions from the board and said the committee will come back with recommendations in the fall. In addition, he suggested that once the recommendation for a change is made, the school spend a year to plan for the changes.