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Schools Look to ‘Acceleration’ to Fill Pandemic Learning Gaps

Summer school is getting an overhaul in Washington, D.C. this year.

Schools are designing programs to help students learn key concepts they missed during the pandemic, while also getting them ready for what’s coming next school year. Fourth and fifth graders may design roller coasters, while second and third graders could dive into the debate over who deserves a public monument.

The goal is to get students excited about school, and to help students who need it most without making them feel like they’ve fallen completely off track. And those programs have a new name: “acceleration academies.”

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