For students in grades 1-12, the first day of the 2015-16 school year is Thursday, August 27. For Kindergarteners, the first day is Tuesday, September 1.
The PPS school year calendar is determined with direction from the school board. A calendar committee, composed of program administrators, principals, teachers, staff and parents, recommends a calendar to the school board. The school board then discusses and votes on the calendar. The 2014-15 and the 2015-16 calendars were set in the spring of 2014.
School begins Thursday, August 27 for grades 1-12 because:
- Labor Day falls late this year: September 7 is too late to begin school after the holiday.
- The school board and the calendar committee prioritized more instructional days at the startâ€”rather than at the endâ€”of the year, in order to provide as much instruction before seniors’ IB and AP exams (advanced coursework exams for college credit) and before annual spring testing for grades 3-8 and 11.
Other considerations included:
- Two days added to the school year
The new contract agreement between PPS and the Portland Association of Teachers (the teachers’ union) added two instructional days to the school year.
- Kindergarten assessments
Three days are needed for Kindergarten assessments before Kindergartners start school. The committee wanted Kindergartners to have a solid first week of school prior to the three-day Labor Day weekend.
Together, these considerations meant starting school Thursday, August 27 (for grades 1-12). Kindergarten assessments will be held August 27, 28 and 31. Kindergartners start school September 1.
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