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Report Probes Early Experience in Tennessee With Extended Learning Time

According to the report, 79 traditional public schools extended the school day beyond Tennessee’s average 7-hour school day in 2012-13, adding up to 300 hours to a school year that’s roughly 1,260 hours long. The 49 charter schools in the state also typically feature longer school days and/or years. Another 15 traditional schools and more charter schools implemented extended learning time in 2013-14.

Stretching the school day is a work in progress in Tennessee, and officials told researchers they were making adjustments as they go. One school told researchers it planned to change its schedule to start earlier rather than stay open later after administrators noticed that students and teachers rushed home and chatted with each other less after a late dismissal. A later end to the day also reduced opportunities for students to participate in sports after school, they noted.