More than 60,000 LAUSD kids attend 2 optional days of school during winter break

‘Acceleration days’ this week drew big response from students whose scores plummeted during COVID

It’s not everyday that students trade school break for school work, but on Dec. 19 and 20, thousands of LAUSD students did just that by attending two optional “acceleration days” to help make up for pandemic learning losses.

The bonus school days were the brainchild of Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, who has an ambitious goal to reverse five years of academic ground lost during the pandemic by the end of next school year. Two more acceleration days are planned for the start of spring break in 2023.

While parents and some educators sounded the alarm about the failure of remote learning throughout the pandemic in Los Angeles, its true extent came to light in September when standardized test scores showed proficiency levels in math and English lagging far behind pre-pandemic years. Click here to read more: