Striving Readers

The Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy grant is focused on advancing literacy skills for students from birth through Grade 12, including children living in poverty, English learners and children with disabilities.

Distribution of funds: Eleven states have been awarded the latest round of Striving Readers funds: Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio and Oklahoma. States will hold grant competitions among local education agencies. Fifteen percent of the funds will target birth to age five, forty percent will go toward elementary, and forty percent will focus on Grades 6-12.

How the funds can be used: Grantees will use funds to provide high-quality comprehensive literacy instruction to disadvantaged youth through evidence-based interventions and professional development. States’ grant applications may include additional state-specific requirements:

  • Louisiana grant applicants must prioritize the use of approved Tier 1 ELA curriculum and curriculum-based professional development. From Savvas, that includes myPerspectives for grades 6-12.

Evidence-based Interventions

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Grade Level
Proven Results with
Per Day
Strategies to enhance motivation to read and write iLit® ELL

iLit 20
4 and up

4 and up
  African American, Caucasian, English learners, Free and Reduced Price Meals, Hispanic Whole class with mobile devices 40 minutes

20 minutes
Differentiated digital intervention linked to State standards SuccessMaker® K-8   African American, Caucasian, Free and Reduced Price Meals, Hispanic, Struggling students Individual, self-paced on any digital device 15-20 minutes
Age-appropriate, explicit, systematic instruction in fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension QuickReads® 2-6   Free and Reduced Price Meals, Urban Small group with print materials 15-20 minutes