UPDATED Tuesday April 21, 2009

National Association

For Year-Round Education

Sam Pepper

Executive Director

Dr. Charles Ballinger

Executive Director Emeritus

NAYRE is a nationally recognized organization of educators, parents and businesses working to increase student achievement through its focus on creating effective time on learning. The Association promotes a balanced academic calendar to reduce learning loss and extensive review time that decreases time for new learning.


Restructuring Time to Maximize Learning
Selected presentations from the Feb. 11-13 NAYRE Conference in San Diego, CA are available for downloading at the link below. The conference focused on reforming the academic calendar to increase achievement. The presentations are in PowerPoint and Adobe PDF format

Dr. Eugene White's Keynote Speech

2007 Conference Presentations


Past Conferences

2006 Conference Presentations



NAYRE White Papers

During the next several months a series of white papers prepared by an officer of the National Association for Year-Round Education will be available at this web site.  The papers will address issues that pertain to alternative calendar schools/ school districts. The purpose of the white paper is intended to both convey information and to stimulate the thoughts of readers interested in improving alternative calendar schools/school districts.  Readers are invited to respond to the white papers in a manner that will help other alternative calendar schools/school districts cope with similar issues as they arise.



Lasting Consequences of the Summer Learning Gap

American Sociological Review

Published in April, 2007, this study offers new insights as to why low-income children lag behind their more privileged classmates in high school graduation rates and college attendance. The study contends that there is a summer learning gap between lower- and higher-income children and it begins during elementary school.


Expanding Learning Time in High Schools

Center for American Progress

Among the findings: "expanding learning time deserves more attention in high school reform debate as we raise standards and expectations, particularly in low performing schools.." To read more about the study and download the full report click on the link below:

Center for American Progress    



NAYRE Executive Director Emeritus Dr. Charles Ballinger addresses the common issues faced by schools contemplating balancing the academic calendar.

Common Questions


For an overview of a balanced calendar as compared to a traditional calendar and to view calendars that are in use around the country (single track and multi-track) click on the links below:



Statistical Summary 2007  (PDF format)

Schools, Districts by State - 2007 (PDF format)

Map of YRE Schools by State - 2007



INDIANA - Indianapolis Public Schools Superintendent Eugene White calls for extending the school year to 210 days for middle schools

Indy Star Article


ILLINOIS - Jeanette Wat, a high school student in Naperville, IL  writes about the advantages of year-round education

Jeanette's article


VIRGINIA - Times Community Newspaper editorial says balancing the calendar an option worth pursuing.

Times Community Editorial


OHIO - Toledo Blade article explores summer learning loss in Ohio School.

Toledo Blade Article


KENTUCKY - Teachers in Jefferson County school see benefits in year-round schools

Louisville Courier Article


USA - Fredrick Hess of the American Enterprise institute says the school summer vacation may not be an anachronism for the 21st Century family.

Washington Post Article




School Calendar Reform

Learning in all Seasons

The element of time is crucial in the discussion of school reform. Modifying the school calendar is a primary reform effort that enhances the academic agenda of the schools and responds to current issues in American education. The purpose of this book is to review all aspects of restructuring the school year calendar, to present the concepts and pertinent research pertaining to school calendar reform, and to take a fresh look at education year-round, in order that the general public, educators, and policymakers might better understand the issues involved and reflect upon the dialogue that the program merits.

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