Time on task
- U.S. students spend less time in school than students in China, Finland, and many other countries
- Scores in reading, math and science correlate with more time in school
- Both school-hours per day and school-days per year are greater in many Asian and European countries
You need to show up to compete.
U.S. children have one of the shortest school weeks in the world. Lagging behind several Asian and European countries in tests of math and science, our kids aren’t getting the education they need.
More time in school can boost all student achievement and set the stage for Minnesota to compete in a global economy—and time is vital to closing the achievement gap.
Eric Mahmoud is Executive Director of Harvest Prep, a high-achieving charter school in North Minneapolis. Harvest Prep students come from some of the Twin Cities’ poorest zip codes, and many students arrive unprepared for kindergarten, without the advantage early childhood education.
“Because many of our children come to school behind, the only way we’re going to catch them up is to give them more time and support,” said Mr. Mahmoud. Harvest Prep gives them that time and it makes a difference—the school’s students make up the deficit. In fact, Harvest Prep was named one of the state’s top schools for closing the achievement gap in 2011.
Time on task, making the most of a child’s time in school, matters.