Ohio Department of Education Awarded $43 Million for Literacy Improvements

Ohio Department of Education Awarded $43 Million for Literacy Improvements

The Ohio Department of Education has been awarded two competitive grants by the U.S. Department of Education — for a combined total of $43.2 million over five years. These grants focus on improving student literacy from birth through 12th grade. Activities will begin January 2020.

The Comprehensive Literacy State Development Grant provides funding to establish model literacy sites across Ohio in preschools and elementary, middle and high schools. The model sites will concentrate on implementing practices consistent with Ohio’s “Plan to Raise Literacy Achievement.” The grant also will support professional learning and coaching. The partnership between the model sites and the Ohio Department of Education will allow early childhood programs, districts and families to improve student literacy and increase educational options available to students who have been traditionally underserved.

The Model Demonstration Projects for Early Identification of Students with Dyslexia Grant aims to improve the literacy of students with — or at risk for — dyslexia. 

This grant will support pilot programs to address the literacy needs of students in three model schools (preschool through first grade). These schools will offer professional learning and support for teachers, coaches and principals, along with regional support focused on instruction for children with dyslexia.

The grant involving the early identification of students with dyslexia is for $1.2 million over four years. Activities in the three elementary schools will start in January 2020.

— Submitted by the Ohio Department of Education

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