The WVDE Applies for a Literacy Grant

May 11, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) is seeking a $75 million Striving Reader Comprehensive Literacy grant to implement literacy programs targeting disadvantaged children across the state.
The grant, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, could potentially fund student literacy academies statewide, the West Virginia Board of Education learned during its May meeting.
“Receiving this grant to promote statewide literacy for all of our students in West Virginia would greatly improve our schools,” said state Superintendent Jorea Marple. “We know that when children become good readers in the early grades, they are more likely to perform well in other subjects and all through their school days. It is the key building block to developing skills that lead to college and career success.”
The application titled, “Personalizing Literacy for West Virginia’s Striving Readers -- The WVDE Proposal,” requests the maximum funding based on a fixed formula, which would provide $15 million per year for a period of five years.
The allocation of the funds is required to be 15 percent for birth through age five, 40 percent for kindergarten through grade five, 20 percent for middle school students, 20 percent for high school students and five percent for administrative costs. If the WVDE is awarded the grant, sub-grants would be awarded to schools through county school districts and early childhood education providers. Recipients of the grant will be notified in August.
Through the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Congress provided $200 million for a comprehensive literacy development and education program to increase literacy for students from birth through grade 12. Each state is guaranteed to receive $150,000.
For more information contact the Office of Communications at 304-558-2699.
-- The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) is committed to ensuring all students in the state are college and career ready when they graduate from a public school. What West Virginia students are learning in school exceeds national and international standards. Through the WVDE’s 21st century learning plan called Global21: Students deserve it. The world demands it, West Virginia is seeing better student performance on the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST2); the SAT and the ACT college entrance exams; the job skills assessment called Work Keys given to career and technical education students; and in a high school graduation rate that exceeds the national average.

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