Taking Stock of the Fiscal Costs of Expanded Learning Time

July 2008

With increasing demands for improved student performance, many education policymakers are considering reforms that would expand learning time for all students. Yet as more education leaders consider this promising strategy, the first questions that come to mind are: What are the cost components of different proposals? What is the price tag associated with different proposals? How do the costs compare with other reforms? How can districts cover the costs?

This report, written by Marguerite Roza and Karen Hawley Miles for the Center for American Progress, provides a framework for policymakers and practitioners to identify the key cost components involved in expanding the school day.