On September 13th, NCSU director, Thomas Smith, was invited as an expert witness to testify before the Texas Senate Committee on Education (Presentation: 22:05 - 33:10 and question and answers: 1:06:41 - 1:12:05) on the Interim Charge #4 on Student & Student Success on September 13, 2012. The charge intended to: Study the impact of extended learning time on school success. Evaluate the different programs offered, best practices, school implementation, and incentives for building community partnerships that allow a variety of academic and career-related learning opportunities. Examine the effect of after-school programs on academic performance, school attendance, behavior, and promotion to the next grade level, and the relationship between the availability of after-school programs in an area and the high school dropout rate. Dr. Smith’s testimony is informed by his contributions to education policy research and practice in his work with the National Center for Scaling Up Effective Schools and other federally-funded projects.