Bringing you last week’s expanding learning time news:
Seven Denver Public Schools, led by TSC Signatory Tom Boasberg, will be adding an hour to the school schedule in the fall.
In Chicago, Chicago Public Schools reported gains in the test scores of the students who participated in the Longer School Day pilot program. As the Chicago Tribune’s Noreen Ahmed-Ullah wrote, “ Overall, schools that instituted a longer day sometime during the school year saw a rise of 2.5 percentage points in students meeting or exceeding state standards. For the schools that started the longer day in September, that gain was 6.6 percentage points.”
Yesterday was the first meeting of Iowa’s Instructional Time Task Force. The issue of time will continue to be discussed at panel meetings scheduled for Aug. 23 and Sept. 18. Although Iowans have traditionally rebuffed attempts to lengthen the school day or year, many attendees at state town hall meetings last fall pushed for added class time as a means to improve student achievement. The National Center on Time & Learning presented to the task force yesterday. You can see their presentation here.
The Chicago Public Schools, led by TSC Signatory Jean-Claude Brizard, has reached an agreement with the Chicago Teachers Union to expand the school day for all Chicago schools in 2012-2013. Under the agreement, CPS will hire 477 teachers in noncore subjects such as music, art, foreign language and physical education. That will allow elementary school teachers to continue to work seven-hour days, which include teacher prep time and lunch. Expanding the school day in Chicago has been a priority of Chicago Mayor and TSC Signatory Rahm Emanuel.