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Should we start next school year early, and make it longer?

from District Administration Magazine

Starting the 2020-2021 school year early and lengthening the calendar into next summer may be the best way to provide equity for students and narrow achievement gaps that have widened during coronavirus closures, according to a Duke University education expert. During a typical summer, almost all students lose some degree of math learning. But when it comes to reading, middle-class students generally maintain their skills while their lower-income classmates tend to fall behind, said Harris Cooper, a professor of psychology and neuroscience who researches homework, summer school and after-school programs. more


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