KASB recently released the 2016 KASB Calendar Survey Annual Report, which provides information reported by Kansas Public School Districts to the Kansas Association of School Boards related to the School Calendar from the 1995-96 school year through the 2015-16 school year. Over 90% of districts responded each year, with responses for many years nearing 100%.
The KASB Calendar Survey changed format beginning with the 2016-17 school year. The report presents the data in the new format, and utilizes data formerly collected via the Calendar, Teacher Contract Details, and Negotiation Settlement Surveys.
Below are some of the key findings from the report.
- From 1995-96 to 2015-16,
- The actual calendar day for the start and end of school for students and teachers, along with the start and end dates for winter and spring breaks, have remained very consistent.
- There has been a slight increase overall in the total teacher days before school, the total teacher in-service days, teacher work/duty days, and in the length of winter break (since 2001-02). However, there has been a slight decrease in the total teacher days after school.
- The average number of days per teacher has decreased from 187 days to 179 days, while the number of days for students fell from 179 days to 169 days.
- The length of the school day increased for teachers from 7 hours and 50 minutes to 8 hours and total time for students increased from 7 hours to 7 hours and 20 minutes.
- Arrival times have gotten earlier for both teachers and students.
- High schools start earlier than middle schools, which in turn start earlier than elementary schools.
- There is an overall trend for later departure times for both teachers and students.
- Teacher lunch times have remained fairly consistent at just under 30 minutes a day, while teacher prep time and teacher time spent outside scheduled work hours have increased across all school levels.
- The number of middle school blocks went from just over 7.5 to just under 7.5 blocks or periods.
- Districts including a zero hour decreased from slightly over 15% to slightly under 15%.
- Combining the information on dates and times, we can estimate that total teacher time per year went from 1,464 hours and 50 minutes in 1995-96 to 1,432 hours in 2015-16, and total student time went from 1,253 hours in 1995-96 to 1,239 hours and 20 minutes in 2015-16.
- Less than 15% of districts used Block scheduling in 1995-96, over 45% reported using this schedule format as of 2002-03, and about 20% as of 2015-16.
- An Excel Workbook containing data for all years.
- An Interactive Tableau Tool with all available data.