Traditionally, our school district has operated on four quarters in the school year. However, now consideration is being given to switch to trimesters.
I've been thinking about this issue. With trimesters, we would only have to do report cards 3 times a year, instead of 4. We would have a conference around the first report card and a second conference around the second report card. Then, there would be one more report card at the end of the year.
Also, in our state, we give our State Standardized Tests in the fall. The first part of the school year is reviewing for the tests. We barely get started on the curriculum after the tests, and it is already time to do our first report card on the quarter system. At least with the trimester system, we would be 3 weeks deeper into the curriculum and have more information about how the students are performing with grade level instruction.
On the otherhand, a teacher friend of mine works in a district where they are already on trimesters. She said one drawback is that the first report card and conference falls after Thanksgiving, when the holiday frenzy is revving up.
Does anyone else have any insight.....pros or cons about trimesters vs. quarters? I'd love to hear your ideas!