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Wednesday, 30th September 2009

$6.6 Million in Striving Readers Grants Awarded to Help Struggling Readers

$6.6 Million in Striving Readers Grants Awarded to help Struggling Readers

Eight states will receive $6.6 million in Striving Readers grants to improve the literacy skills of struggling adolescent readers, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced today. The purpose of the Striving Readers program is to raise reading achievement in Title I-eligible middle and high schools where significant numbers of students are faced with the challenges of poverty and reading below grade level.
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The programs funded by the Striving Readers grants include a range of research-based adolescent literacy projects serving diverse populations. Each program includes a rigorous evaluation conducted by independent researchers. The president's 2010 budget request would nearly double the funding for activities supported by Striving Readers to $70.4 million. In addition, the presidentís budget request includes $300 million for new Early Literacy Grants to school districts to test a variety of strategies designed to improve childrenís reading comprehension in the elementary grades.

Grantees may use the Striving Readers funds for activities such as interventions for middle and high school-aged students to improve basic reading skills, motivation, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension using research-based programs; for professional development aligned with scientifically based reading research; for valid and reliable reading assessments; and for the design and implementation of a rigorous evaluation.

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Source: U.S. Department of Education

See Also: IMLS Awards National Leadership Grants to 51 Institutions: $17.9 Million Distributed (9/24/2009)


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