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Turns out, snow days don't impact students' test scores — But absences do

from The Huffington Post

Students, parents and administrators often make a fuss about snow days, but it's really individual absences that affect learning, according to a new study. School closings for snow "have no effect at all on student achievement for the sample as a whole, in either math or [English language arts]," Joshua Goodman, a professor at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, observed in the report. He used data from Massachusetts school districts between 2003 and 2010 as well as snowfall data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. more


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