« Summer Learning Podcast | Main | Michelle Obama Targets Summer Learning Loss »

Lessons Learned From Expanded Learning in Mass.

A new report from Massachusetts 2020 takes a look at factors that seem to propel some expanded learning time (ELT) initiatives beyond others when it comes to student achievement.

"More Time for Learning: Promising Practices and Lessons Learned" offers a "progress report" on ELT in Massachusetts, where the state has enacted policy to rethink and expand on the traditional learning day. Mass/2020 is working with 22 Bay State schools that have added time to the school day.

The report offers a snapshot of what's happening in different schools and how students have been affected. Not surprisingly, the authors write:

"Simply adding time to the school day does not guarantee improved outcomes. How each school utilizes time to improve instruction, focus on special goals, and implement a coherent and strategic plan determines the success it will have."

The report cites five common elements in successful ELT programs. Schools with positive results typically:

  • Are highly focused in their approach and concentrate on a "small number of key goals;"
  • Are "relentless in their use of data to drive continuous improvement" and improve teaching;
  • "Add core academic time" to enable teachers to provide individual support for students and boost achievement;
  • Add time for teachers to collaborate; and
  • Create high-quality enrichment programs for students.
Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on edweek.org, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.


Recent Comments




Technorati search

» Blogs that link here