Four-Day School Week Resource Center

Map of Missouri Four-Day School Week Districts (Link) Updated

List of Missouri Four-Day School Week Districts With Contact Information

Four-Day School Week Newsletters

March 13, 2020

December 9, 2019

November 5, 2019

September 10, 2019

May 9, 2019

April 30, 2019

April 24, 2019

April 9, 2019

April 3, 2019

Basic Four-Day Week Handout for Meetings (Click)

Research and Resources on the Four-day Week Topic

Urban Institute advocates for four-day school week option for urban students. "Making Education and Employment Work for High School Students: A Toolkit for Systems That Support Young People with Adult Responsibilities, with Benefits for All". (June, 2020).

The Rural Voice-Podcast of the National Rural Education Association, Interview with Dr. Jon Turner about the Four-day School Week in the United States February 2020

The Four-day School Week Continues to Grow in Missouri, KY3 News-Springfield, February 6, 2020

WBUR-Boston (NPR) "On Point"-Grading the four-day school week featuring Missouri State's Dr. Jon Turner and Paul Hill of the University of Washington-Bothell (May 30, 2019)

Turner, J. Finch, K., & Uribe-Zarain, X. (2019). Three Midwest Rural School Districts’ First Year Transition to the Four Day School Week: Parents’ Perspectives. The Rural Educator (The Journal of the National Rural Education Association), 40(1). (Download PDF)

Turner, J., Finch, K., & Uribe-Zarain, X. (2018). The Economics of a Four-Day School Week: Community and Business Leaders’ Perspectives. Applied Economics and Finance, 5(2), 168-174. (Download PDF)

Thompson, P. (2019). Does a Day Lost Equal Dollars Saved? The Effects of Four-Day School Weeks on School District Expenditures.

The Four-Day School Week Districts Continues to Grow in Missouri

Jon Scott Turner, Kim Finch, Ximena Uribe-Zarain

From MSTA School and Community Winter 2018

Turner, J., Finch, K., & Ximena, U. (2017). Staff Perspectives of the Four-Day School Week: A New Analysis of Compressed School Schedules. Journal of Education and Training Studies, 6(1), 52-62.

Effects of Four-Day School Weeks on Student Achievement: Evidence from Oregon. March, 2019. Paul N. Thompson, Oregon State University and IZA.

The Today Show (NBC) January 21, 2019. Is the four-day school week the next trend in education?

The four-day school week: Research behind the trend. Harvard Kennedy School Journalist Resource page.

What this school district learned from a 4-day school week from PBS NewsHour (August 28, 2018)

Ordway, D. (2018). The four-day school week: Research behind the trend. Retrieved from

Tharp, T., Matt, J., & O’Reilly, F. (2016). Is the Four-Day School Week Detrimental to and Student Success?. Journal of Education and Training Studies, 4(3), 126-132.

Heyward, G. (2018, June 01). What Do We Actually Know about the Four-Day School Week? Retrieved from

The Four-Day School Week: Impact on Student Academic Performance (The Rural Educator, 2011) Paul M. Hewitt and George S. Denny

What Savings Are Produced by Moving to a Four-Day School Week?

Does Shortening the School Week Impact Student Performance? Evidence from the Four-Day School Week D. Mark Anderson and Mary Beth Walker

The Four-Day School Week: Nine Years Later

Four-day school weeks: Longer weekends, but less learning? by Maureen Downey, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, March 22, 2018

Editorial from the Editorial Board of St. Louis Post-Dispatch on January 14, 2019. Young futures hang in the balance as Warren County adopts four-day school week.

Inside The Four-Day School: Is District's Approach the Next Trend Education? The Today Show (NBC-News). January 21, 2019

It's a trend: More schools going to four-day weeks (KY3 News-Springfield) February 6, 2020

Parents outraged by Chattooga County School Board's Decision to Lengthen School Week (WRCB-TV, Georgia) January 18, 2019

Colorado now has more school districts on four-day weeks than any place in the nation — with little research on the benefits --The Colorado Sun, August 27, 2019

Webinar recorded September 9, 2019. Missouri Four-Day Week Collaborative discussion includes topics like the impact of the later start date law on four-day week districts, new collaborative professional development sessions, and free dual enrollment classes for four-day high school students from Missouri State.

Sample Parent Surveys

Warren County (Warrenton) Missouri School Board Presentation

Knox County R-I Community Survey

Forsyth Parent Survey

Community/School Board Presentations

Forsyth School Community Presentation

Sample website concerning the investigation of the four-day school week.

The Hallsville School District ultimately decided not to adopt the four-day school week, however, the website they created to document their process of consideration is very impressive. Visit this site here.

Contact information:

Dr. Jon Turner, Assistant Professor of Counseling, Leadership, and Special Education

Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri