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ERIC Number: ED498636
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Expanding Learning Opportunities: It Takes More than Time. Afterschool Alert. Issue Brief #29
Afterschool Alliance
Since the introduction of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, schools have been under increased pressure to demonstrate gains in academic achievement, primarily measured through test scores. Despite school day interventions designed to improve student achievement, many schools struggle to improve these outcomes. In addition, there is growing interest in giving students broader opportunities and experiences so they have a better chance to succeed in these rapidly changing times. Those challenges, coupled with the upcoming reauthorization of No Child Left Behind, have led school system leaders and policy makers across the country to consider extending the amount of time children and youth spend in school in order to boost their academic performance and enhance their skills and knowledge. There's good reason to consider extending learning time. On average, children spend only 20 percent of their waking hours in school. Typically, schools are in session 180 days a year, six and one half hours a day. Keeping schools open longer to meet the needs of children and communities was recommended in 1994's "Prisoners of Time." Expanding learning opportunities was one key reason the federal government has invested in 21st Century Community Learning Centers--the nation's only federal funding source dedicated to afterschool programs--for nearly a decade. (Contains 13 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Afterschool Alliance, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001