41 WV Schools Receive $620,000 in Reading, Math Grants

March 21, 2001

The West Virginia Department of Education announced today that 41 West Virginia elementary schools have received reading, math and family literacy grants totaling $620,000.  

State Superintendent Dr. David Stewart announced the WV READS/WV MATH winners today at a ceremony in Charleston.  

“We’re pleased to announce the winning schools in this competitive grant process,” he said. “These funds, which were appropriated by the West Virginia Legislature, allow schools to develop summer reading and math programs for at-risk students in grades K-4 and initiate family literacy programs. These programs will make a difference in West Virginia schools.”  

According to the West Virginia Department of Education, 41 schools received the grants ranging from $2,000 to $22,000. Schools in 24 counties received the awards.  

In its third year, the WV READS/WV MATH program is making an impact on student achievement in basic skills. In order to receive the grant, schools must demonstrate a significant need in reading or mathematics. Seventy-eight percent of schools receiving WV READS/WV MATH grants in previous years are now performing at or above the 50th percentile in reading and math on the Stanford Achievement Test-Ninth Edition.

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