As schools begin to finish the academic year, teachers and principals are taking note of the impact of more and better learning time. In particularly, teachers note that the longer day and/or year gives them the opportunity to dive deeper into instruction and engage students in learning in new ways. Below is some of the coverage we found of schools giving kudos to ELT this month:

  • Bensonhurst Public Schools in New York saw double digit increases in their student achievement, which administrators attribute in part to their longer school day. “It’s very hard to squeeze everything in during the day without more hours,” said Principal Bayan Cadotte.
  • Chicago Public Schools(CPS) graduation rate hits record high this year. In a statement, CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett cited the longer school day and what she called a more “rigorous curriculum” among the reasons for the improved graduation rate.
  • The Boston Foundation and NewSchools Venture Fund released a study this month showing that Boston charter schools outperform other public schools on three popular barometers of student achievement — the MCAS, the SAT, and the Advanced Placement exams. One of the authors commented that “one part of the ingredient here is that a lot of charter schools in our sample have a longer school day and school year.”
  • Three under-performing Richmond County, Georgia high schools received the federal School Improvement Grants for the 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years. With their expanded school day, teachers are able to give struggling students the individualized support they need and also have time for collaboration with their peers. With the additional time, students also have specialized time to prepare for college, including essay and application preparation.

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