By 6th grade, kids born into poverty are likely to suffer a 6,000-hour learning gap compared with their middle-class peers. When kids lack opportunities to discover their talents and develop their full potential, we all lose. In fact, it has been widely reported that improving education will accelerate economic growth and promote more equal opportunity over the long run.1
1 Washington Center for Equitable Growth, “The Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Improving U.S. Educational Outcomes,” January 2015.
We have created a sustainable and cost-effective model that reimagines schools and works within the system to help close this gap.
By adding at least two and a half more hours to the school day, we add the equivalent of 72 days to each school year. We reach out to the community – neighborhood organizations, cultural institutions, retirees and parents – to bring additional talent and role models into the classroom and enable personalized, small-group instruction. And we balance core curriculum with arts and music, sports, sciences and hands-on enrichment.
2014 evaluation data show that kids in ExpandED Schools outpace citywide gains in academics1 and are twice as likely to rate highly in social-emotional competencies.2 The schools themselves outperform citywide averages on school climate ratings.3
And because our model leverages community resources, students get 35% more learning time at only 10% more cost.4 But kids say it best. So watch our video “Inside ExpandED Schools” to see a group of 6th graders explain in their own words just why expanded learning time is so beneficial.expand to see footnotes
- 1 Based on student-level comparison of 2012-13 to 2013-14 Math and English Language Arts (ELA) state test scores of students participating in ExpandED in 2013-14 to students citywide.
- 2 Based on scores on the Spring 2014 administration of the Devereux Students Strengths Assessment (DESSA)-Mini of social-emotional compentencies. Nationally, 16% of all students fall into the ‘Strength’ category on the DESSA-mini, while in ExpandED Schools, 33% of students fell into this category.
- 3 As measured by the 2013-14 NYC School Survey of teachers, parents and older youth.
- 4 2.5 hours = more than 35% of a 6.333 hour school day. The cost of this extra time averages $1,775, which is less than 10% of the NYC per-pupil spending/year.