Student Achievement

New Resource Tracks Legislation on Expanded Learning Time

By Erik W. Robelen — January 07, 2014 1 min read
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At a time when many states are considering measures to extend learning time at school, a new online resource offers an easy way to get a handle on what’s happening nationwide.

The infographic features a 50-state, interactive map with up-to-date information on state legislation concerning expanded learning time, as well as a quick overview of current state policies governing time for schooling. (Below is what it looks like, but click here to see the real deal, including some additional features.)

The resource was developed by the Time to Succeed Coalition, which brings together educators, advocacy groups, and others who promote extended learning time. The coalition is co-chaired by leaders at the National Center on Time and Learning and the Ford Foundation. (The Ford Foundation also provides financial support for Education Week‘s coverage of these issues.)

In addition, the infographic highlights the number of “ELT schools” in each state. (It defines these as schools with at least 30 minutes added to the school day and/or 10 more days per year, compared with nearby public schools.)

The Time to Succeed Coalition emphasizes that a longer school day is not about doing more of the same with extra time.

“We can’t simply tack time on to the school calendar and expect to see strong results. More time enables schools to rethink the school day, analyzing student and teacher needs before planning a school calendar to include anything from professional development days, to elective science periods, to internships or tutoring programs that connect schools to their larger communities,” it says in an overview.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Time and Learning blog.