Magazine article Curriculum Review

Schools Increasing Focus on Reading & Math

Magazine article Curriculum Review

Schools Increasing Focus on Reading & Math

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A new report released in February by the Center on Education Policy (CEP) verified what many in the education and policy communities had long suspected--the majority of the nation's school districts were increasing time spent on reading and math in elementary schools since the No Child Left Behind Act became law in 2002, while most of these districts cut back on time spent on other subjects.

The report, Instructional Time in Elementary Schools: A Closer Look at Changes for Specific Subjects, reveals that districts increasing time for ELA and math had done so by an average of 43%, or about three hours each week. To make room for the added time for ELA and math, districts reducing time in other areas averaged cuts of about 32% across those subjects, nearly 2.5 hours each week. Some of the districts reduced their time in one subject, while other districts decreased instructional time in several areas. …

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