August 23, 2013

Regarding the Aug. 22 editorial “Saved by the bell”:

How does pushing back the start of the school year hurt students if the school year is not shortened? To help kids, advocate for more days in the school year. Who cares when the year starts and ends?

Aside from the number of days students are required to be in school, however, there is a different and better argument against forcing schools to start after Labor Day: Advanced Placement (AP) and other standardized testing. By requiring schools to start later in the year, legislators cut the time teachers have to prepare kids for AP and other tests with dates in the spring that do not change, regardless of state laws mandating school-start dates.

Linda Mooring, Fairfax