Some Northern Virginia schools have added blocks of "flex time" to the school day to offer students additional tutoring, independent study or other assistance without having to have them come in before or after school. "People came to realize we needed to make the most of every minute," said Mel Riddile, an associate director at the National Association of Secondary School Principals. "This is a big issue with student achievement. Some students need more time and don't learn at the same rate."
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