Abt Associates: Bold thinkers driving real-world impact
The Massachusetts Expanded Learning Time (ELT) initiative, established in 2005, provided resources to a small number of schools to redesign their respective schedules by adding time to their day or year. Participating schools – which reached 19 at the study’s conclusion – expanded learning time by at least 300 hours per year. The schools focused on improving student outcomes in core academic subjects, broadening enrichment opportunities, and improving instruction by enhancing planning and professional development for teachers.
Abt Associates and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, with grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute for Education Sciences, examined the impact of ELT on schools, students, and teachers in a five-year study of the ELT initiative. The study also explored the relationship between implementation and outcomes. Findings from this study were used by state policymakers and stakeholders to inform policy and program development.
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