Updated: 01/29/2014 5:04 PM
Created: 01/29/2014 3:43 PM KSTP.com
With the recent stretch of cold weather in Minnesota, many students have gotten out of their routine when it comes to school. Most students have missed five days of school in January alone, and while that time off may not affect their education long-term, it may impact their state benchmark testing scores this year.
Augsburg Professor Joe Erickson said it might be beneficial to push those state testing days back five or six days. Erickson said the important thing for students is time on task, so while individual students missing time might not warrant a change, entire districts closing school for as many as nine or 10 days might force the state to consider pushing the benchmark testing dates back.
Erickson said time on task is the time kids spend learning, so engaging in learning activities outside of the classroom can help make up for the time lost when school closes.