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The Quality Imperative: A State Guide to Achieving the Promise of Extended Learning Opportunities


This new report by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) highlights the positive impact high-quality Extended Learning Opportunities (ELOs) have on student success and outlines steps that state leaders can take to ensure ELO effectiveness. The document urges chiefs, governors, and other state-level leaders, to take a systemic approach to ensuring ELO quality including:

  • establishing a team of stakeholders to collectively develop a state quality system

  • identifying federal and state funds that can be used to enhance program quality

  • establishing program standards

  • measuring program impact on student outcomes

  • supporting the development of a strong ELO workforce

  • providing incentives to drive quality

  • facilitating student access to high-quality programs