Longer School Days Are Coming to Select Massachusetts Schools

Massachusetts is one of five states to add 300 hours of class time every year for certain schools. Will it help?


Will more time in school translate into greater student achievement?

Federal and state officials are announcing today that Massachusetts, along with Connecticut, New York, Tennessee and Colorado, are participating in a pilot program to find out.

Csmonitor.com reports that the program will add at least 300 hours of learning time in some schools starting next fall. 

Fall River and Lawrence are the two Massachusetts towns included in the pilot project. Boston.com reports that this new program adds to an effort launched six years ago in Massachusetts to lengthen the school day in several school districts.

The pilot program reportedly will last three years and include almost 20,000 students in 40 schools with an eye to bringing in more schools if it is effective, particularly lower-performing schools in lower-income communities. Each school district gets to decide exactly how the school time will be increased: longer school days? More of them? Both?

The pilot is part of a project called the TIME (Time for Innovation Matters in Education) Collaborative, a partnership between the Ford Foundation and the National Center on Time & Learning (NCTL). 

What do you think about this pilot project; do you think this is a constructive approach to improving student achievement?


Amber December 03, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Public schools can try all they want but they will never, ever solve the problems created by poverty or uninvolved parents. Ever. I like being around my kids. I can't imagine losing the precious little time we have after school, on weekends, or in the summer. The inevitable change of this from pilot program to total government mandate will be swift and sure.
Anna Bucciarelli December 04, 2012 at 02:53 PM
You may be right Amber ... I hate to think of kids missing out on family time. I loved when mine were little, especially at this time of year when my memories harken back to afternoons spent crafting gifts and baking ... You can never get enough time with your kids, they grow, we grow, the days go by and we don't notice. Enjoy them while you still can. (But, then, there are always the grands to come too.)


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