$7.5M Grant Supports Math Standards

The Long Beach Unified School District has earned a five-year, $7.5 million grant from the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation to support the implementation of the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics for K-8 students.  These standards will transform the way children learn math, tapping into children’s natural curiosity to make math more engaging, relevant and rigorous.  The standards call on students to practice applying mathematical ways of thinking to real-world challenges.

California has joined a national movement to adopt common standards and assessments for English and math.  LBUSD has been one of the most progressive school districts statewide in preparing for these Common Core Standards.

The new grant will be used to provide professional development for teachers and administrators, instructional coaching for teachers and administrators of high-need schools, and opportunities for face-to-face and virtual collaboration within schools and across the school district.  Instructional materials and assessments will be aligned to the new standards.

“We’re firmly committed to implementing these world-class standards,” said LBUSD Superintendent Christopher J. Steinhauser.  “We’re excited to be a grantee because these resources will help us to faithfully implement the standards.  As a result, more students will be prepared for college and careers.”

Nine other California school districts are grantees: Dinuba, Elk Grove, Garden Grove, Oakland, Oceanside, Sacramento City, San Francisco, Sanger, and Santa Ana.  These districts will share the challenges and successes they encounter in implementing the standards.  Lessons learned from these districts will be made available for all districts in California.