Summer and after-school programs provide a jump on Common Core

No statistics are available on how many California school districts are discovering that their summer programs may have been already been using teaching methods that align to the Common Core standards, which are being implemented in most schools for the first time this academic year. But a recent report from the Oakland-based nonprofit advocacy group Partnership for Children & Youth, Getting a Head Start on the Common Core, indicates that a number of districts are relying on summer programs to introduce and reinforce the new standards. A January report contends that expanded learning time, whether in summer or after-school, is essential to give teachers and students enough time to practice and master the new standards.

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