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Pennsylvania school district puts grant money toward CCSS implementation

THURSDAY, JANUARY 03, 2013 16:52 PM

In 2011, the U.S. Department of Education awarded the Pennsylvania Department of Education a $38 million Keystones to Opportunity Grant through the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Program. The state received this money so it could work toward improving students' literacy, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Education's website.

This past April, the Chichester School District received a $1 million Keystone Opportunity Grant from the Department, which it has since put to good use, the Delaware County Daily Times reported. With more money, District officials are better able to align the Chichester curriculum with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

The process has been a collaborative one, with more than 40 K-12 teachers working together to evaluate the District's current curriculum and classroom practices. This allows them to see what steps need to be taken to transition to a more rigorous, Common Core-aligned curriculum.

"Chichester is committed to creating learning environments for our students, which will prepare them to succeed in college and the workforce," Diana Hanobeck, a curriculum and instruction coordinator, told the news source. "A new, updated literacy curriculum, which reflects the rigorous demands of the National Common Core Standards, is a priority for Chichester."