50 Districts to Receive Grants for New Standards Work
OLYMPIA — April 3, 2012 — A total of 50 districts will receive grants to help with the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction announced recently.
The grants, $4,500 each, are part of an agreement between OSPI and the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board. The money will be used for travel and other costs related to participation in standards workshops during the spring and summer 2012.
The standards describe college- and career-ready knowledge and skills that all students need in English language arts and math when they graduate.
Washington has devised a four-point implementation plan to transition to the new standards:
- Explore the standards (2010-11);
- Build awareness and begin building statewide capacity (2011-13);
- Build statewide capacity and classroom transitions (2012-14) and
- Apply the standards statewide and assess the standards (2013-15).
Grant winners will have access to regional trainings about the standards, will work as a network with fellow district to build comprehensive transition plans and will serve as resources to other districts as they prepare to transition to the standards. The selected districts have established district implementation teams and exhibited strong commitment by district leaders to participate in the grant project to smoothly transition their direct to the new standards.
A total of 75 districts applied for the grants. Priority was given to districts with 49.5 percent or more than of its students qualifying for free and reduced-priced meals and to district size so that districts of all sizes were represented. Districts selected are from all regions of the state.
The grants are funded by Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR-UP!), a federal grant program that helps increase the number of low-income students preparing for college.
Washington is the 44th state, in addition to one territory and the District of Columbia, to adopt the common core standards. They were first rolled out to state teachers in the 2012-13 school year. Testing on the standards for English language arts and math will occur in the 2014-15 school year.
The standards were developed by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers in collaboration with teachers, school administrators and education experts.
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.
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