A major snowstorm is causing schools to close up and down the East Coast today.

study by Josh Goodman published in Education Next challenges the conventional wisdom that the number of school days cancelled due to snow has a significant impact on student learning.  Goodman found that a worse problem was snowy days when schools remain open but many students are absent.

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.

Goodman discussed his study with Marty West on the EdNext podcast.

— Education Next

Last updated January 4, 2018