Fiscal Year 2018 Recommended Budget
Beginning July 1, 2017 and ending June 30, 2018
Extended school day
Based on a reform launched by Mayor Walsh in 2015, the district has been extending the school day for kindergarten through 8th grade schools over three years.
In the 2017-2018 school year, Boston is investing $14.2 million to allow 39 more schools and 15,000 more students to receive 40 minutes more each school day through the implementation of Extended Learning Time (ELT).
This expansion brings the total number of students receiving extended learning to over 23,000 at 57 schools throughout the District at a total investment of $18.9 million.
Investing in extended learning
This investment will add 120 more hours, or the equivalent of 20 additional school days a year, to kindergarten through 8th grade students. Previous to this reform, students in traditional BPS elementary and middle schools are in class for six hours and six hours and ten minutes, respectively, well below the national average.
Benefits of extended time
The extended time will help more students gain valuable learning and enrichment opportunities. Schools with extended learning showed a “statistically significant” positive effect in 5th grade science, 6th grade math, 8th grade science and 7th grade English Language Arts, according to a statewide study in Massachusetts published in 2012.
Comparing non-ELT schools
Students in ELT schools also outperformed their peers in non-ELT schools in growth measurements on all MCAS tests. Teachers in the Mass. ELT program reported that the extended day allowed them to accomplish their teaching goals and cover the instructional material their students need to learn.