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Do Snow Days Hurt Student Progress? A Harvard Professor Says No.
3/26/15 | Washington Post
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In Defense of Snow Days
Summer 2015 | Education Next
In the Washington Post, Emma Brown describes the findings of a new study by Joshua Goodman on the impact of snow days on student achievement.
He found that the number of canceled school days because of snow in a given year had no impact on children’s math and reading test scores. Instead, it was the number of days that were merely snowy — when schools remained open, but many students were absent — that appeared to hurt achievement, particularly in math.
The Washington Post also published “How snow days don’t hurt student progress, but absences do, in graphs”
The study, “In Defense of Snow Days: Students who stay home when school is in session are a much larger problem,” appears in the Summer 2015 issue of Education Next.