Time and task

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.

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  1. From the cited article:

    “Heidi Perlman, spokeswoman for the state Department of Education, said the 990-hour requirement was adopted in 1993 as part of the Education Reform Act.
    “We ask schools to rethink how they are using their time and think of better ways to make every minute count,” Perlman said.”

    Typical bureaucrat thing. The evidence suggests that this school is performing…at least much better than the run of the mill government school.
    So, naturally, the government ignores this, and demands adherence to a regulatory process….

    This emphasis on process over performance is at the root of the failure of most bureaucratic systems.


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