By Ian Hanigan
For those who like to plan ahead, the Irvine Unified School District has come up with provisional calendars for the next two school years, and while they may look similar to previous editions, there is one significant change worth noting: The first day of school in 2015-16 will be during the final week of August.
The reason? Academic and extracurricular calendars across the country have shifted in recent years, and there’s an interest in making sure IUSD students are competing on a level playing field.
Starting the school year earlier would ensure Irvine students receive more instruction in core subjects before they take high-stakes exams, including those that have a direct impact on college admissions. It would also better align the district’s high schools with athletic seasons and extracurricular events throughout the county, many of which start in August.
For those reasons and more, IUSD and the Irvine Teachers Association are jointly recommending the new calendars, which must be approved by the Board of Education.
Once again, the earlier start would not impact the upcoming 2014-15 school year, which is slated to begin on Sept. 2 for schools on the traditional calendar and July 29 for year-round sites. The …read more
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