Special Education M.A.

Number of Pages


Year Approved


First Advisor

Strand, Charles

Second Reader

Jan Mrozinski


This thesis focuses on a four-day school week and the benefits of this approach as it relates to student achievement, attendance and behavior. Over the past two decades, the popularity of a four-day school week has grown, most notably in rural, western states. There are several reasons why school districts adopt the four-day school week. Most notably, it helps them financially. It also can be more attractive to retaining and hiring staff. There is one more reason why schools may be transitioning to the four-day school week: to close the achievement gap. Over the past 10 years, there have been increasingly more studies and data to support this new school schedule. Covid-19 also interrupted the entire school system for two-plus years, which forced schools to reevaluate how to ‘do’ school. This Literature Review takes an in-depth look at both the positive effects and negative effects a four-day school week may have on student achievement, attendance, and behaviors.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis