Teachers take advantage of a shorter academic year

Common Core Training

For students in California's Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified School District, the current academic year will end a little earlier than usual thanks to the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the Dinuba Sentinel reported. To make time for teacher-training days from June 3 through 6, the District will end classes one week earlier than it usually does.

While some parents may think that an early end to the academic year means students will not receive the proper amount of instructional time, this is not the case. Pupils who are enrolled in the District still attend 180 days. Furthermore, an early end to the academic year means teachers have a chance to dedicate their time to CCSS professional development, which will positively benefit students in the years to come.

"For the students to do well, teachers need time in the classroom," Carolyn Kehrli, the District's superintendent, told the news source.

According to the California Department of Education, different local educational agencies are asked to develop their own implementation plans depending on their individual needs. As a result, some students may receive an early start to summer vacation, while others will stay in school longer. Ultimately, it depends on what level of CCSS readiness a school is at.

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