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


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Meghan Frick, GaDOE Communications Office


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Lynn Peisner, Get Georgia Reading communications associate

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