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CCSS transforms kindergarten programs nationwide

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2012 17:32 PM

With school districts in 45 states currently implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), instruction in all grades from K-12 is expected to change. Currently, some of the biggest shifts in the way instruction is delivered have been at the kindergarten level.

This is apparent in states like Connecticut, where the East Lyme Public Schools recently made the decision to add full-day kindergarten beginning in the 2013-2014 academic year, The Day reported. With a full-day kindergarten program in place, students who attend classes in the district would be able to receive instruction that is better aligned with the CCSS. This includes personalized learning and a more in-depth curriculum.

Overall, members of the East Lyme community are in favor of the longer school day, as 90 percent of staff, parents and other community members believe full-day kindergarten will prove beneficial.

Meanwhile, in Indiana, new funding via a full-day kindergarten grant will be an asset to the state's programs, which themselves have helped many students in a short period of time, the Evansville Courier & Press reported.

"Our teachers have found that to be very beneficial, especially for students that maybe come to kindergarten that aren't quite ready, aren't quite prepared for kindergarten, this gives us additional instructional time," Brad Schneider, superintendent of the Warrick County School Corporation, told the news source. "And if they come in deficient in an area, teachers can address that."