How to Make Additional Time Matter: Integrating Individualized Tutorials into an Extended Day

By Matthew Kraft
April 13, 2016

This paper details research conducted at the MATCH Charter Public school in Boston. Education research on the impact of extending the school day is mixed. This study examined the impact of adding additional time to the school day when that time is used for individual tutorials. This study showed that two-hour individualized tutorials taught by recent college graduates led to an increase in achievement on 10th grade English language arts exams. No average effect in mathematics beyond the large gains students were already achieving was found, although tutorials may have raised the lowest end of the achievement distribution.

This paper may be of interest to district leaders or policy-makers considering extending the school day.

Source Organization: Harvard Graduate School of Education

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