Striving Readers CFDA 84.371

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Purpose of Program:
The purposes of the Striving Readers program are to raise the literacy levels of adolescent students in schools that are eligible for assistance under Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA), and that enroll significant numbers of students reading below grade level and to build a strong, scientific research base for identifying and replicating strategies that improve adolescent literacy instruction.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number:
8 4. 371A.

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Related Programs

Striving Readers/Comprehensive Literacy Development

Department of Education

Agency: Department of Education


Estimated Funding: $7,200,000

Who's Eligible

Obtain Full Opportunity Text:
Striving Readers CFDA 84.371; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2009

Additional Information of Eligibility:
Eligibility Information 1.

Eligible Applicant: A State educational agency (SEA) that applies on behalf of itself and one or more LEAs, including charter schools considered to be LEAs in accordance with State law, that have governing authority over the eligible schools (as defined elsewhere in this notice) that the applicant proposes to include in the project.

To be considered for an award under this competition, an eligible applicant must include in the application the following with respect to each school it proposes to include in the project: (a) The school's name, location, and enrollment disaggregated by grade level for the 2008-09 school year.

(b) State or other assessment data that demonstrate that, during each of the 2007-08 and 2008-09 school years (or the most recent two years for which data are available), a minimum of 75 students in the grades to be served by the supplemental literacy intervention were struggling readers (as defined elsewhere in this notice).

(c) Evidence that the school is eligible to receive funds under part A of title I of the ESEA, pursuant to section 1113 of the ESEA.

(d) A letter from the superintendent of the LEA that has governing authority over the school and the principal of the school that they-- (1) Agree to implement the proposed supplemental literacy intervention during the 2010-11, 2011-12, and 2012-13 school years, adhering strictly to the design of the intervention; (2) Agree to allow eligible struggling readers to be randomly assigned (by lottery) to either the supplemental literacy intervention curriculum or to other activities in which they would otherwise participate, such as a study hall, electives, or other activity that does not involve supplemental reading instruction; and (3) Agree to participate in the evaluation, including in the evaluator's collection of data on student outcomes and program implementation.

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