This report identifies 1,002 expanded-time schools across the United States, up from 655 schools identified the last time NCTL issued the report, in 2009 -- an increase of 53 percent. These 1,002 schools serve 520,000 students, up from 300,000 in the 2009 report. The 2012 report defines expanded-time schools as public schools that expand learning time for all enrolled students; operate with a school day of at least seven hours; and have a substantially longer day or year when compared with surrounding public schools.
- Observation: Expanded-time (ET) schools, 60% of which are charter schools, serve approximately 520,000 students in 36 states and the District of Columbia.
- Observation: 72% of ET schools are in urban areas and 33% serve a student body that is at least 99% minority.
- Observation: The average school day among ET schools is 7.8 hours long, compared to the 6.7 hour national average. Annually, ET schools run for over 200 more hours than the average school.