Title page for ETD etd-32298-9044

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Arnold, Douglas E. II
Author's Email Address darnold@pen.k12.va.us
URN etd-32298-9044
Title Comparison of Achievement in 7a/B Block Scheduled schools and 7-Period Traditional Scheduled Schools In virginia
Degree Doctor of Education
Department Educational Administration
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Parks, David J. Committee Chair
Eineder, Dale Committee Member
Harris, Larry A. Committee Member
Hoerner, James L. Committee Member
Yardley, Dianne R. Committee Member
  • Time-Series
  • Achievement
  • Block Scheduling
  • TAP Scores
Date of Defense 1998-04-10
Availability unrestricted
The American high school schedule of single-period classes

has remained mostly unchanged for over one hundred years.

In response to societal changes and reform movements, the

secondary school schedule is receiving renewed attention.

Block scheduling, the use of extended periods of time for

learning, is one response to school restructuring in

Virginia and throughout the nation. In Virginia, the 7A/B

block schedule is used by 23.3% of the high schools.

Although advocates have convinced school boards to adopt

this schedule, there is little hard data available to

assess its efficacy.

In this study the relationship between two types of

schedules(7A/B block and 7-period traditional) and student

achievement at the eleventh grade was examined.

No differences were found between the two schedules for

achievement as measured by the subscales of the eleventh

grade Tests of Achievement and Proficiency.

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