School starting in mid-August and getting out in mid-May does not fit in with the farming schedule. It makes it very difficult to get a vacation in. Nobody wants to go to school in summer even for two weeks. I absolutely hate the new start/stop dates. I will be very surprised if this has any effect on test scores.
I'm looking forward to the new school calendar. I LOVE the idea of ending the semester before Christmas break and ending school before memorial weekend. Makes so much more sense instead of coming back to school for a couple days or a week to finish off the semester. I think it may negatively impact fall sports since they won't have their preseason practices, and anyone involved in the state fair, but....next year we'll find out. :) Overall I'm happy with the change.