News: 15 School Districts Receive Striving Reader Grants

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.

“Student 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.”

Click here to see the districts that received grants following the State Board of Education’s February meeting.


Matt Cardoza, GaDOE Communications Office

Meghan Frick, GaDOE Communications Office

Lynn Peisner, Get Georgia Reading communications associate

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