Earlier this year the state of North Carolina gave the schools in the Project L.I.F.T. zone calendar flexibility, which the zone is considering using to implement an extended, year-round calendar during school year 2013-2014. This change is being considered as a part of the overall strategy to increase student performance for students who historically have scored lower than average on standardized tests.
Research suggests that extending learning opportunities - no matter how that time is structured - can have a positive impact in reading for cognitively and economically disadvantaged students. In addition, it has been demonstrated that this can be an effective way to support student learning, particularly for students most at risk of school failure and when considerations are made for how time is used.
Project L.I.F.T. is proposing to organize the extended learning time by:
Under the Project L.I.F.T. proposal, students would start school in late July and get out in late June.