Posted on | December 4, 2012 | 3 Comments
Thanks to a substantial grant, several school districts in the US are extending their academic calendars. Why? To accommodate all the extra learning required to meet new standards. In districts spanning socioeconomic groups, the effort is being coordinated by the National Center on Time and Learning and the Ford Foundation and is being paid for by funding from the federal government. The idea is to determine how much impact a longer school day (with time for intervention and additional structured classes) and longer school year will have on learning and meeting educational targets set by Common Core.
I like this idea. Or maybe I just like that someone is trying to determine if it will help.
But I want to know what you think. Should longer, structured school days and longer academic calendars become an integral part of the Common Core State Standards strategy?