BY LING-MEI WONG
For thousands of Mass. public school students, their school day is about to get to longer.
Massachusetts was one of five states that will add at least 300 hours of learning time at some schools in 2013. The other states include Colorado, Connecticut, New York and Tennessee.
The Mass. schools will receive federal, state and district funds, along with aid from the Ford Foundation and the National Center on Time & Learning. Federal and state education funding for the 2013-2014 school year have not yet been approved.
Massachusetts has an existing state expanded-learning program, so the initiative will not be new at all the schools. For the 2012-2013 school year, the state awarded $12.7 million in noncompetitive grants and $1.3 million in competitive grants for expanded learning at 19 schools.
The expanded learning time initiative is meant to boost student performance and make U.S. schools more competitive. Another purpose is to help students gain knowledge, skills and experiences needed for college and career success. Teachers in the U.S. spend between 1,050 and 1,100 hours a year teaching, exceeding teaching time in almost every country, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s 2012 Education at a Glance report.
Schools and districts will decide to extend the school day or add more days to the school calendar for 2013-2014. The additional time is to be spent on increased instruction in math, reading, science and other core subjects, along with applied learning and enrichment. It is also to be spent on professional development for teachers.
Mass. Schools with more school time for the 2012-2013 school year are:
1. Boston Public Schools: Boston Arts Academy (9-12)
2. Boston Public Schools: Clarence R. Edwards Middle School (6-8)
3. Brockton Public Schools: Huntington Elementary School (K-5)
4. Cambridge Public Schools: Fletcher Maynard Academy (Preschool-8)
5. Cambridge Public Schools: Martin Luther King, Jr. School (Preschool-8)
6. Chelsea Public Schools: Joseph A. Browne Middle School (5-8)
7. Fall River Public Schools: Carlton Viveiros Elementary School (K-5)
8. Fall River Public Schools: Matthew J. Kuss Middle School (6-8)
9. Fall River Public Schools: Frank M. Silvia Elementary School (North End) (K-5)
10. Fitchburg Public Schools: Arthur M. Longsjo Middle School (5-8)
11. Greenfield Public Schools: Greenfield Middle School (4-7)
12. Greenfield Public Schools: Newton School (K-3)
13. Malden Public Schools: Ferryway School (1-8)
14. Malden Public Schools Salemwood (K-4)
15. Revere Public Schools: A.C. Whelan Elementary School (K-5)
16. Revere Public Schools: Garfield Middle School (6-8)
17. Revere Public Schools: William McKinley Elementary School (K-5)
18. Worcester Public Schools: City View Discovery School (Preschool-6)
19. Worcester Public Schools: Jacob Hiatt Magnet School (Preschool-6)
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