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How an extended day, other innovations turned a Denver middle school around

It’s a midweek afternoon and all 450 of the students at our Denver middle school are staying an hour later. They’re not in detention. The buses aren’t late. Instead, students are participating in a range of activities, from a rocket-building class to one-on-one tutoring in math, and they’re excited to be here. I’m the principal […]

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How longer days helped struggling middle schoolers, other lessons, from the turnaround in St. Mary Parish

CENTERVILLE, Louisiana — We knew bold action was needed in St. Mary Parish Public School System a decade ago. Our test scores lagged behind the state average. We had several schools in academic assistance. There were large disparities in the reading proficiency of student subgroups. Over the past 10 years, we’ve launched a number of […]

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How a Massachusetts school narrowed the achievement gap through more, better learning time

The summer of 2012 was a dizzying time for Lori Butterfield, the principal of the Guilmette Elementary School in Lawrence, Massachusetts. A new school year loomed, and Guilmette students were 20 points below the state average in literacy proficiency. The school district had empowered Butterfield, and all of Lawrence’s principals, to make the changes they […]

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As federal ed rewrite gains traction in Congress, here are some key changes schools may see

As Congress considers bills to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the most heated debate has been over how to hold schools accountable for student performance, and who should decide. But while these subjects are dominating the debate, a less-heralded provision in the 50-year-old law that has provided federal education support could also […]