Longer day, combined with individualized instruction, shows benefits

12/6/2009 | Washington Post, The

Adding time to the school day has been shown to improve student achievement, but only if teachers focus on individualized instruction during that extra time. "The guys who use more time the best individualize instruction the most," said Christopher Gabrieli, chairman of the National Center on Time & Learning, which has released a report on expanded learning time. The report found that charter schools are the most likely to offer extended days; only 160 of the 655 schools that offer longer school days and years are public schools.

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