Schools are increasing class time — through a longer school day or year or both — to give students more time to learn the basics without cutting art, music, PE and other electives.
Massachusetts is paying for longer days at 10 schools this year. Minnesota is considering whether to add five weeks to the school calendar.
. . . “A Nation at Risk,” the landmark 1983 report dissecting America’s education challenges, recommended that schools run seven hours (up from about six today) and 200 to 220 days (up from a current average of 180) to accommodate more rigorous instruction. KIPP charter schools, started in 1994, rely on longer days and Saturday school to teach students.
No Child Left Behind, which has spurred schools to beef up reading, writing and math instruction is behind the current push to increase class time, the story says. I’ll bet those high KIPP scores have something to do with it too.