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Washington school districts receive help preparing for the Common Core

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 04, 2012 15:29 PM

As Washington adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) on July 20, 2011, educators across the state must now take steps toward making sure they are prepared to teach their revised curricula.

It was recently announced that 50 Washington school districts are the recipients of funding from the state’s Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board, the Federal Way Mirror reported. Thanks to grants that are each worth $4,500, school districts will find it easier to cover the costs associated with the professional development their teachers require in order to prepare for the CCSS.

Before the Common Core go into effect during the 2014-2015 academic year, the 50 school districts can apply the funding they have received to any travel expenses that come with attending CCSS workshops.

"The funding of this grant covers teacher and staff participation in the workshops OSPI is putting on in the spring and summer," said Marie Verhaar, director of standards based education curriculum and instruction for the Federal Way Public Schools, as quoted by the news source. "It will also provide some funds for teacher stipends and some training that we will continue throughout the summer."

According to OSPI’s website, school districts are currently focused on building awareness of the CCSS, as well as statewide capacity. Teachers will begin to implement the Standards in 2013.