CDE Gets $37.5 Million Literacy Grant

The California Department of Education recently received a $37.5 million federal Comprehensive Literacy State Development grant to aid literacy programs throughout the state.

“Many of the students who are struggling with reading comprehension or are not reading at grade level are our most vulnerable students—economically disadvantaged students, English language learners, students with disabilities, and students in rural communities,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond in a press release. “This grant will allow us to promote and support equitable access to high-quality literacy instruction that will benefit not only our high-need students but all of our students from pre-K to high school.”

The CDE is partnering with WestEd, the Region 15 Comprehensive Center, the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association, First 5, and the California Subject Matter Projects to support literacy instruction, develop a state literacy plan, and build local initiatives for reading proficiency.

The latest SBAC scores show just over half California students are reading at appropriate grade levels. That represents a .99 percentage point increase from last year.


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