One of the highest scoring high schools in Massachusetts could lose $4.7 million in state funding unless it requires students to spend more time in class. The state mandates 990 hours of instructional time per school year. Acton-Boxborough Regional High, which has succeeded with a college-like atmosphere, prefers to less seat time and more time for independent study. Freshmen average 953 hours in class; for seniors, that’s down to 766 hours. “Almost 90 percent of Acton-Boxborough students achieve proficient or advanced levels on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System, or MCAS,” reports the Boston Herald.
Time and task
September 18, 2006 by