A report released July 21 profiles more than 300 initiatives across the country that are all aimed at expanding learning time in schools with large concentrations of disadvantaged students.
Researchers at the Center for American Progress, a Washington-based think tank, spent more than two years ferreting out school-, district-, and state-level efforts to lengthen the school day, week, or year by at least 30 percent. The 300 initiatives they identified, which are spread across 30 states, all began between 1991 and 2007.
The study found that the schools, many of which are charter schools, use the extra time in a variety of ways, including mentoring, study of core academic subjects, enrichment, and workforce training.
A version of this article appeared in the July 30, 2008 edition of Education Week