Study shows snow days don’t have negative effect on students
posted at 2:05 pm on February 12, 2014 by Katie Pavlich
Ten days ago, Phil the Groundhog saw his shadow, sentencing us to six more wretched weeks of winter. But don’t worry, there’s a silver lining (at least for the kids anyway). According to a 2012 study, snow days don’t negatively impact the academic performance or achievement of students.
The study, titled Flaking Out: Snowfall, Disruptions of Instructional Time, and Student Achievement, by Joshua Goodman, an assistant professor of public policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, says that school closures due to inclement weather do not actually affect student achievement as measured by scores on the standardized Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System. Individual absences do.
Party on, winter.