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Common Core State Standards pushes school district to transition to full-day kindergarten

MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2011 07:10 AM

On July 19, 2010, New York adopted the Common Core State Standards, according to the initiative's website. In addition to improving the quality of education students receive, these curricula changes may lead to a full day of kindergarten for one state school district, the East Aurora Advertiser reported.

In the East Aurora School District, the current half-day kindergarten program will expand to a full day if the New York Education Department provides the conversion aid that is required, the news source stated. According to Brad Gibson, the District's assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and personnel, this longer school day is partly influenced by the new state standards.

"I think what tipped the scales was the new advent of the Common Core Standards, which is raising the bar significantly for all of our students," Gibson told the news outlet. "I think that’s what tipped the bar in terms of the need for a full-day program."

Gibson added that with the current half-day format, District teachers have less time to prepare students for the first grade in subjects such as reading and math, the news source reported.