CCR Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the frequently asked questions from our community forums. We are in the process of working out the details of the transition. We will provide updates as they become available. Click on the bars to read the answers.

Graduation Requirements

Do we have to make a change?

We care about student success and increasing opportunities for all students. Even at the 22 credit requirement, many of our students have had to make difficult choices along the way for classes they wanted to take but could not take because of a restriction in their schedule.

The work around the state in moving to Career and College Ready graduation requirements for students has highlighted the need for school districts to provide more options and opportunities for our students.

Will extra classes affect a student’s ability to graduate?

Extra classes will offer a student the ability to explore their interest areas and should not have an impact on their required credits to graduate.

Classroom Hours

What defines a credit, hours/seat time?

Credits are now based on competency and meeting standards, not hours. “Seat time” or “Classroom Hours” is language that no longer exists.

What happens to Thursdays/early release?

The Thursday early release time is part of the collective bargaining process. A schedule could be built to accommodate the current Thursday early release calendar.

Do we have to add school days to the calendar?

We do not need to add school days for any schedule options that are being considered.

How will my student manage a class that is twice as long?

We will provide professional development for our teachers so that the total amount of time is used effectively for student learning. Pacing and lesson delivery guides can be implemented with any schedule.

Curriculum

Will you add CTE classes or internships?

We would be providing expanded choices for students which will include Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes and internship options. 

Will this work with Running Start and West Sound Tech?

Running start and West Sound Tech are both currently functioning with school districts that are on both schedules, so this should not be a problem for our students.

How will you ensure students do not overload hard classes?

Counselors will work with students to balance their schedules as best as they can across alternating days and semesters/trimesters.

Credit Recovery

How would credit recovery classes be scheduled?

Both the 4x2 and the 3x5 schedules create additional opportunities for students to take electives as well as credit recovery classes.

What happens with a course failure in trimester system?

A student would likely take the class again in the next trimester. This is one of the benefits of a trimester schedule, getting students into recovery classes more quickly.

Can't you add free summer school instead of adding periods per day?

Simply offering free summer school does not provide equity and increased opportunity for all students. Transportation and other variables make summer school or zero-hour class less equitable for all families. 

How will you support struggling students in the meantime?

We’ll be changing summer school this year. It will be different than what we’ve had in the past. We want to reduce cost barriers for students. Our high schools also currently use free online courses as an option for credit recovery.

Study Hall

Will “Study Hall” be an elective?

Study hall by itself cannot be counted as a credit, but a, credit may be offered for work towards a High School and Beyond Plan, AVID, or something similar. Some school districts offer a study period or similar time within their day no matter how many periods they have in their schedule.

Will WICOR or the Academy program go away?

Both WICOR (writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading to learn) , which is an AVID learning support structure, and Academy, which is a Klahowya program, can be incorporated into any of the schedules offered.

Missing Days/Classes

What happens if a student is absent?

A single day absent for a student on the 4x2 schedule means they miss only four periods of instruction but longer amounts of instruction per day. On the 3x5 schedule they would miss five classes of instruction and longer period times. 

Special Education

How would block schedules affect special education students?

Just as we do in our current schedule, we would have to work out effective Specially Designed Instruction (SDI) with our special education staff. Providing SDI for our special education students is something we need to do more research on for both schedules.

Implementation and Evaluation

When will you make a decision?

We will make a recommendation to our school board on March 28, 2018. Once the board makes its decision, we will begin implementation.

How will CKSD help teachers be successful?

Professional development will be a major focus once the school board makes a decision on any schedule.

How will CKSD help students be successful in longer classes?

In talking to students at schools offering different schedules, students reported they could organize their time and the reduced number of periods per day were beneficial to their homework workload.

 

Why would we wait until 2019 to make schedule changes?

The district needs time to provide support for staff and teachers as they adapt the curriculum for longer class periods. It will also allow us time to prepare students for the change. In changing to any new schedule we have to think through all of the practical implications and make sure we address all concerns before we implement this new schedule.

How will you prevent teachers from lecturing for 90 minutes?

Our administrators will provide professional development and support, and we will continue to monitor professional development during implementation.

Are you going to track student concerns during the roll out?

We are going to monitor student concerns and success for students through our counseling departments and other approaches.

Research

Is there any research on these schedules?

Hanover research conducted a study in 2014 titled “Optimal scheduling for secondary school students” and found that research has not identified a correlation between secondary scheduling models and student achievement. Hanover found that block schedules tend to reduce student attendance and behavior problems in a positive way slightly over traditional schedules. The data also shows that a 6 period schedule restricts a student’s opportunity to take a greater variety of classes within their high school career. Staff and administrators report some scheduling difficulties and time constraints regardless of the models used. 

Overall, the CCR Team’s research has shown that each schedule option has advantages and disadvantages, and that there is little evidence that one particular schedule produces better academic outcomes. For these reasons, any schedule change should reflect student and community priorities, which is why the CCR Team has evaluated each alternative using the career and college success factors that were identified by stakeholder surveys.