Massachusetts Expanded Learning Time Schools Show Higher Test Scores

Schools in Massachusetts with four years of expanded learning time are demonstrating impressive increases in their proficiency rates across all grades and all tested subjects, including over 8 point gains in English Language Arts and nearly 20 point gains in math., according to the National Center on Time & Learning’s state affiliate, Massachusetts 2020, which released  the 2010-2011 update on the Massachusetts Expanded Learning Time (ELT) Initiative on February 28, 2011.

“Additionally, a far higher proportion of ELT Title I schools are “high growth” compared to all Massachusetts Title I schools, demonstrating the impact expanded time can have on student achievement in high poverty schools,” according to a summary posted at  http://www.mass2020.org/node/229. The summary also provides the following information:

“Student achievement results are only one measure of success, however. Massachusetts ELT schools are providing their students with a robust, balanced schedule of activities, often with the help of community partners, allocating an average of seven hours of instruction each week in art, music and physical education – twice the national average.

“Teachers are also reporting benefits from the expanded schedules. In a 2008 survey of all teachers in the state, teachers ranked time as the most important condition to promote student learning, and over 60 percent reported that they did not have enough time to complete the curriculum. In a 2010 survey of ELT schools, teachers said they are satisfied with the amount of time they have for instruction in math, ELA, science and social studies as well as for collaboration with their colleagues and professional development, thanks to their expanded schedule.”

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