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 announced Monday 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?

Fiscal Conservative December 20, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Teacher: By the way, in my job I had to take roughly 14 weeks of unpaid leave every year. I have never received a paid holiday or paid vacation. I worked, on average, of 50 - 60 hours a week when I worked. From 1961 - 2000 I was a high school Science teacher. On average I missed 2 - 4 days a year because I was ill, I hated to miss days (made more work for me). I'm sure you make a heck of a lot more than I ever did. I NEVER complained about working conditions or salary. See, I did what I liked, I knew what I was getting into before I started. Throughout my career I worked outside positions for "extras". Know what? Didn't bother me. I did what I had to, life isn't fair, get over it. I'm sick of teachers crying "poor me". If you can't stand the heat in the kitchen, get out! Best part about what I did is former students, from many years ago, still remember me (whether good or bad). I know I had an impact on others. To me that is far more important than the income I received. When I left, 12 years ago, I left knowing I gave my best. I knew I chose the career path best for me. It saddens me to see young teachers get caught in "union" crap, more concerned about "prep periods", no duties, accumulated sick time and other non educational stuff. Most new teachers could never work like I did. They would complain to the public about being "unappreciated". Do I have faults? Yeah, many of them. Overall, "Yeah, I think I'm a good person.
Avon Barksdale December 20, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Oh god, more soliloquies from FC on his Puritan work ethic and the old days. Zzzzzzzzzzzz
Fiscal Conservative December 20, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Avon: So good to get under your skin.
Avon Barksdale December 20, 2012 at 08:04 PM
This is something 12-year-olds say on the internet in 1999, not grown men in 2012.
Fiscal Conservative December 20, 2012 at 08:40 PM
We "ole timers" have a hard time keeping up with the attitude of you "young'uns". Guess there is a generational gap that can't be easily closed. My boring you is funny. Live in your world,I'm the "old dog" you can't teach new tricks. I'm lucky I can type on this old computer, can't do much else with it or any other technilogical device. Still do most things utilizing "manual labor" because I don't want to keep up with new gadgets. If I were as young as you, I too, would probably be wasting $$$ each 6 months buying new stuff. This must work fine because it irks you. At my age I'm entitled to enter my 7th childhood. Maybe you'll understand when you become an "ole fart".


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