Block schedule is coming up soon! Starting on the 21st of March, there will be longer periods for everyone except juniors! Block scheduling is a type of academic scheduling in which each student has fewer classes per day. Each class is scheduled for a longer period of time than normal.
Block schedule is also involved with the junior’s CAASPP testing. The CAASPP stands for California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress and it’s replaced the Standardized Testing and Reporting, or STAR Program, which is the new state academic testing program. The juniors are required to take this in order to be on track to graduate their senior year.
The Block schedule makes things weird because starting on Tuesday, every period is at most, 2 hours and 3 minutes. You are only to attend your 1st, 3rd, and 5th period on Tuesday and Thursday. Then, your 2nd, 4th, and 6th period on Wednesday and Friday. For those of you who have a pre-first class are still to go for 57 minutes everyday of the block schedule week.
Compared to last year, many changes have occurred this year with the block schedule. Last year had juniors had to take a test known as the CAHSEE which stands for California High School Exit Examination. This would be an all day test for juniors and everyone else at the school wouldn’t have to stay an entire school day. They would basically have a minimum day while juniors stayed a full day for testing. Not only did that test not become a requirement but they now have all students stay a full day at school just with different periods.
Do people necessarily like this schedule? Some would say yes while other would argue no. In a teacher’s case, they may say that the block schedule is very helpful towards them and the students because they are getting more time in one class to soak up more knowledge than they would have with the usual one hour. But a student may argue that spending more time in a classroom is pretty unnecessary. Having to sit down for an hour and learn something can be pretty draining and boring but doing it for two hours will be exhaustingly boring and tiring.
Naomi Reyes, 17’ said, “I don’t really like it because it makes no sense to me! Juniors are the ones taking the test, therefore they need the full amount of time to do so. We shouldn’t have to be the ones to also pay they time when it’s not required.”
Lauren Hobbs, 18’ said, “I think there are positives and negatives to block schedule. Some classes I feel I need the 2 hours to get my work done and receive the help I need from teachers. But in other classes depending on the teacher, I would rather it not be 2 hours because I can’t stay focused on one subject for so long.”