Document Number: 6595Time for a Change: The Promise of Extended-Time Schools for Promoting Student Achievement - Why do American public schools operate on a calendar of 180 six-hour days? Despite its irrelevance to the learning needs of today’s students, the conventional school schedule is adhered to almost universally across the country. This report details the work of a handful of “extended-time schools,” and describes and analyzes their effective practices. This research was conducted to understand how these particular schools, which have already demonstrated themselves to be effective, capitalize on the additional time, and what benefits the schools’ educators perceive the additional time delivers. The eight extended-time schools that Massachusetts 2020 examined for this project demonstrate that extending the time students spend in school is possible in a variety of settings, including district public schools, pilot schools, and charter schools, and through a range of funding and staffing innovations. (Massachusetts 2020, 2005)...
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