Some schools are considering implementing focus groups instead of study hall.
The focus groups allow students who are testing poorly or failing classes to be in a classroom for up to a half hour of extra teaching each day in the specific subject. Some educators feel that this is more effective than granting all students a study hall that is more general.
“We’re trying to get the kids who are failing extra time,” said Charo Schools Principal Steve Love said.
The school's test scores improved dramatically after the program was implemented. When students perform well and don't need extra help, the class time is used for additional subjects that students might not otherwise encounter, or for preparation for college readiness exams.
“Kids don’t always like it, because kids want to pick their own courses,” Love said. “We might send you somewhere to expose you to something you haven’t ever taken in your classes.”