Expanded Learning Highlighted in USA Today

With Governor Christie’s call for expanded learning time and persistent winter weather storms closing schools across the U.S, the discussion of longer school days and years has continued to grow.  Yesterday, USA Today took a look at the renewed attention as schools deal with a difficult winter.   

Specifically highlighted in the article was the work of Massachusetts’s Orchard Gardens K-8 Pilot School. The school saw their students' English scores jump 10%, and math scores go up 16%, after adding an hour to the elementary school day and 3½ hours to the middle school schedule. "Students know it's worth their time to be here and their time will be used well because it involves all the different aspects," said Meghan Welch, the director of operations at Orchard Gardens.

Read the entire USA Today article here.

You can read more about Orchard Gardens School’s expanded learning success here.