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State Unveils New Standards for After School Programs

Santa Clarita Valley News (02/26/14)

California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson unveiled a new set of standards to define high-quality expanded learning programs, those that occur in summer, intersession, and before and after school. He said the hours after school and during the summer can be opportunities for students to build on what they learn in the classroom. "Californians have always led the way in seeing the value of expanded learning and being willing to invest in giving our young people every opportunity to succeed. When I created the After School Division, it was to build on that support and momentum, in part by looking at the best programs and working to identify the keys to their success and replicate it," Torlakson said. Studies indicate that expanded learning programs reduce high school dropout rates and juvenile crime, increase academic success, and positively impact school attendance. The After School Division at the California Department of Education worked with the California Afterschool Network to create 12 standards for expanded learning programs. For the full list of standards, go here. "California's expanded learning programs are an integral part of young people's education, engaging them in year-round learning opportunities that prepare them for college, career, and life," Torlakson said.
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