Year Four of ExpandED Schools National Demonstration: Lessons for Scale and Sustainability
In 2011, ExpandED Schools (formerly TASC) launched a national demonstration of its ExpandED Schools initiative in 10 elementary and middle schools in New York City, Baltimore and New Orleans. ExpandED Schools helps each school partner with a strong youth-serving community organization, such as a settlement house or community development corporation, to add three hours to the conventional six-and-a-half hour school day. Teachers and principals coalesce with their community partners into powerful teams that support students cognitively, physically and emotionally. Together, we redesign the school day to meet our shared goals for students and deliver on the promise of a great public education for every child.
This report presents findings from the fourth year of this project -- evaluated by Policy Studies Associates (PSA), ExpandED Schools's external evaluator for the national demonstration -- as schools begin to break from the outdated, 19th-century school calendar.