California Department of Education
Taking Center Stage – Act II

Recommendation Three


"Students learn in different ways and at different rates. Middle grades students need enough time and help to meet more rigorous, consistent standards . . ."1

Recommendation 3 — Time. Institute flexible schedules that provide recommended and required instructional minutes for core academic classes and accelerated interventions. Provide sufficient time before, during, and after school so that each student has access to additional academic and interest-based classes and opportunities to meet social and personal needs. Schedule regular common planning time for professional learning communities to analyze student data, coordinate instruction, and communicate with families.

Time is one of the Recommendations in the Focus Area on Academic Excellence.


Recommendations for Success Index

1Academic Achievement in the Middle Grades: What Does the Research Tell Us? (PDF; Outside Source), Atlanta, Ga.: Southern Regional Education Board, 2003, 19.

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