Comprehensive Literacy State Development 

The Comprehensive Literacy State Development is a federal grant focused on advancing literacy skills for students from birth through Grade 12. The emphasis is on disadvantaged children, including those living in poverty, English learners and children with disabilities.   

Distribution of funds: Thirteen States were awarded 5-year grants in Fall 2019: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, and Rhode Island.

Round Two awards were granted to 11 states: Arizona, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas, and Wyoming.

Awarded States will hold grant competitions in Winter 2020 among school districts to distribute funds. While states can issue more specific funding priorities, preference will be given to applicants serving a high percent of children that are economically disadvantaged, English learners, or have disabilities.

How the funds can be used: Grant requirements vary by State, but most are focused on evidence-based literacy intervention and professional development.


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
STRONG 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 STRONG 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 STRONG Free and Reduced Price Meals, Urban Small group with print materials 15-20 minutes
Professional development on teaching academic content and language skills SIOP® K-12 Teachers PROMISING English learners Start with 3 days of professional development