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PROVIDENCE – A new, web-based tool was launched today that provides school and district leaders, reform support partners, researchers and community organizations with a wealth of information about how to effectively measure the process and impact of expanding and reimagining learning time, announced the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University (AISR). 

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The Ford Foundation–funded “Time for Equity Indicators Tool” (www.timeforequity.org), is an information clearinghouse on 24 different benchmarks of education conditions, access and impact. The tool provides a wide range of measures that go well beyond standardized test scores to encompass the entire context surrounding educational improvement.

Resources include links to academic research, data tools, videos and more on indicators such as teacher leadership; student, family and community engagement; and engaged student learning. 

The new site represents two years of research and engagement with organizations supporting and implementing expanded learning time approaches in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty within cities such as Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, and New York City.

“Our goal was to develop a new kind of online tool that makes our research available and accessible to the many people around the country who are working to create equitable education systems,” said AISR Principal Associate Michelle Renée. “After we created our initial framework of 24 indicators, our partners had more questions: Does research support these measures? Have any data already been collected on more challenging measures such as school climate or student health and wellness? This tool reflects our effort to provide that knowledge. Combined, the site’s resources provide a deeper understanding of how more and better learning time can influence students’ lives, school policy and the systems surrounding schools.”

AISR’s project is part of the Ford Foundation’s more and better learning time initiative, whose objective is to reinvent urban public schools by adding and improving learning time to ensure that students are prepared for college, career and civic participation. Driven by the goal of equity for all students, “more and better learning time” approaches restructure how time is used by individual schools and entire school systems. The Ford Foundation partners with other foundations and organizations in this work.

“We’ve focused on investments in parent and family engagement, teacher engagement, policy-level changes and promising models and practices. We’ve relied on partners to invest in the research,“ said Janet Lopez, senior program officer for education at Denver’s Rose Community Foundation. “Promising new tools like the Time for Equity Indicators are helping us consider the additional ways in which we can measure whether schools are achieving equity, and whether our overall portfolio is making a significant difference.”