The Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education approved a revised instructional calendar for the 2022-23 school year on Oct. 11. The revised calendar includes optional acceleration days, providing opportunities for additional learning, which will be held on Dec. 19-20, and April 3-4, 2023.
The revised school calendar uses an ongoing strategy to accelerate all students toward their full academic potential, in response to significant achievement loss due to the pandemic, which disproportionately impacted students of color, families of low socioeconomic status, English language learners and students with disabilities. Acceleration days help address learning loss associated with the pandemic by providing additional instruction and enrichment opportunities for students.
Numerous studies have shown that additional learning time leads to increased academic achievement. The extra days provide students the opportunity to gain personalized support and focus on areas for improvement and enrichment. Their placement in transition periods during the holidays and spring provides an opportunity for analysis of data to identify students who will benefit most from the additional instruction.
“Since arriving at Los Angeles Unified, I have been very clear: the district’s top priority is to provide all students with opportunities that will set them up for success,” LAUSD superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho said. “Students must not be hampered by academic status, adverse academic experiences, learning disabilities or any demographic descriptor. Every student deserves the ability to better their life. I am heartened by the collaborative effort with labor partners, which will deliver a focused, impactful approach to acceleration days. This move is definitely a win for our students.”
“Extended learning time is a key tool to help our students in their academic recovery,” LAUSD board president Kelly Gonez said. “Continuing to offer acceleration days with the support and presence of our educators will allow our most struggling students to receive the individualized support they need to grow academically and enhance their socio-emotional well-being.”
With the revised instructional calendar, Oct. 19, Dec. 7, March 15 and April 19 become required (not optional) days of school, and the 2022-23 school year for students will now end on June 9, 2023. Winter recess remains scheduled for Dec. 19-Jan. 6, and the second semester will still commence on Jan. 9, 2023.
For information, visit achieve.lausd.net/accelerationdays.
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