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Colorado schools use COVID money for math, reading curriculum

Dozens of Colorado college districts and constitution colleges are shopping for new math and studying curriculum with assist from $10 million in federal pandemic aid. 

State officers introduced Wednesday that 42 districts and 28 constitution colleges will obtain grants to buy studying curriculum for early elementary grades and math curriculum for elementary and center college. 

The $10 million is a small chunk of the $180 million put aside for state-level efforts to assist colleges with COVID restoration. Greater than $1.5 billion in extra federal aid funding went straight to highschool districts.

The curriculum grants come at a time when many Colorado districts are adopting new Ok-3 studying curriculum to adjust to a 2019 state regulation that requires them to make use of applications backed by analysis on how youngsters be taught to learn. Whereas there’s no related regulation overlaying math curriculum, training division guidelines say the grants can solely be used for sure math applications — particularly, those who earned prime “inexperienced” rankings from EdReports, a nationwide curriculum reviewer. 

Along with Colorado’s studying regulation, efforts to reverse pandemic studying loss have fed the push to switch previous or ineffective curriculum. Such applications might be dear and districts usually can afford to switch them solely each six or seven years. 

State curriculum grants went to a wide range of massive and small districts that serve bigger numbers of scholars with excessive wants, for instance those that come from low-income households, are twin language learners, or spent loads of time in distant studying through the pandemic. Among the many massive districts receiving the grants are Jeffco Public Faculties, Adams 12 5 Star Faculties, Colorado Springs District 11, and Greeley-Evans District 6.

Ann Schimke is a senior reporter at Chalkbeat, overlaying early childhood points and early literacy. Contact Ann at aschimke@chalkbeat.org.

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