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15 school districts receive Striving Reader grant awards

Program aimed at increasing literacy for students reading below grade level

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February 27, 2015 –
The State Board of Education has awarded Striving Reader Grants to schools in 15 Georgia school districts.

Striving Reader is a comprehensive literacy grant program, aimed at raising literacy levels in Title-I eligible schools where a significant number of students are reading below grade level. Georgia was one of six states to receive a Striving Reader grant in 2011 and, since then, has received more than $91 million to distribute to eligible districts.

The funding is awarded through a competitive grant process to schools that develop school-based literacy plans, using the
State Literacy Plan as a guide. Funding is used in each school for teacher professional learning; benchmark screeners to develop reading ability and progress; and robust materials, curriculum, and technology to support literacy integration. In Georgia, 261 schools currently receive funding through the project.

ent literacy is a crucial issue and a key focus of my administration,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “The Striving Reader program helps get students on track to reading on grade level, which will open doors to a much brighter future for them.”

The districts that received grants following the State Board of Education’s February meeting are:

·         Pelham City Schools

·         Clarke County School District

·         Worth County School District

·         Whitfield County Schools

·         Fulton County Schools

·         Gordon County Schools

·         Washington County Schools

·         Floyd County Schools

·         Clay County Schools

·         Atlanta Public Schools

·         Pickens County Schools

·         Charlton County Schools

·         Franklin County Schools

·         Colquitt County Schools

·         Johnson County Schools