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Five States to Pilot Extended Learning Time For Students

Schools in Colorado, Massachusetts, New York and  Tennessee will add 300 hours of instruction and enrichment programs to the academic year, using a combination of state and federal funds, the U.S. Department of Education has announced.

The pilot program is potentially “the kernels of a national movement,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan said earlier this week. “I’m convinced the kind of results we’ll see over the next couple of years I think will compel the country to act in a very different way.”

The National Center on Time & Learning has been tracking a steady increase in public schools that have extended learning time. For more, check out the center’s report on Mapping the Field. You can also search the center’s database to determine how many hours and days students in your area are spending in school, and which campuses are providing extra learning opportunities beyond the basics. 

Earlier this summer I wrote about whether more time in school meant more learning. You can read that post here. I’ve also written about the role community organizations — like The After School Corporation — play in helping schools extend learning time. The Wallace Foundation has done extensive research on extended learning, and you can find their latest reports here.

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