Innovations in technology and how teachers can monitor students’ progress, along with changes to regulations about how long students must spend in class, have made it possible for schools and districts to adopt “competency-based” models in an effort to use students’ time in school more effectively. But implementation varies widely, particularly around whether to do away with traditional grade levels.
As close to half of the state’s school districts wrap up their first week of standardized testing and the rest prepare to start, school and district leaders have mixed feelings about how state standardized tests affect instructional time.
Even though schools across California offer similar amounts of instructional time each week, and instructional days during the school year, students in high-poverty schools get far less time for actual learning, according to a new report.
Hayward school officials, police, businesses, and churches are taking a gentle approach to reducing high truancy rates among students. The program is part of a campaign to engage the community in supporting its students as the district develops its community schools model.
Memphis Rise Academy and several other schools in the city started the year a week late — but with ties already built between parents and teachers that school leaders say should make communication during the rest of the year more effective.
Some Chicago elementary schools are having a tough time as they prepare to meet a new requirement that students receive 30 minutes of physical education each day. The city is letting them phase in the time.