DEPARTMENT AWARDS SECOND ROUND OF LITERACY GRANTS

Jun 25, 2013

First Round Recipients Show Student Gains

BATON ROUGE, La - Today, the Department announced that nine districts and two charter organizations will receive federal grants totaling nearly $2.8 million. Louisiana was one of only six states awarded the federal Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Grant (SRCL) by the U.S. Department of Education in September 2011.  All total, the state is set to receive more than $125 million over five years.  SRCL is aimed at improving the literacy outcomes of children, preschool through twelfth grade.

Louisiana's SRCL grant is designed to improve literacy across the state.  In April 2012, Louisiana awarded grants to 16 districts and one charter as part of the first cohort. All year 1 and year 2 grantees may use these funds to enhance literacy instruction in ways that are most appropriate for the students in their districts.  For example, districts and schools have used funding to:

  • Increase the number of students enrolled in Advanced Placement curriculum;
  • Train additional reading specialists;
  • Provide specialized literacy training for teachers to prepare for the Common Core State Standards;
  • Supplement classroom libraries; and,
  • Bring literacy directly to the communities through a summer book bus;

For the first 3 months, each grant recipient will receive $253,940. In October, each recipient will receive an additional allocation, which includes $300 per student. Awards are estimated to range between $800,000 to 2 million. Sub-grantees are required to use at least 15 percent of the funds to serve children from birth through age 5, at least 40 percent to serve students in grades K-5, at least 20 percent to support middle school students, and at least 20 percent to support high school students.

"Tens of thousands of students have already seen gains after the first year of implementation. I congratulate the districts and schools who have committed to improving the literacy skills of Louisiana's children," said State Superintendent John White, "This second round of awards ensures that even more students will have the opportunity to take advantage of these resources."

"The learning opportunities available to our students through SRCL have moved their ELA scores in a positive direction, and we look forward to expanding those opportunities to all of our schools now that we are SRCL district-wide.  We are especially pleased with what the grant has allowed us to do in terms of narrowing achievement gaps.  SRCL has been instrumental in allowing us to continue to grow as a school district in terms of student achievement; it has been a tremendous boost to our academic program, as I am sure it will be to all of the Cohort 2 districts," said St. Bernard Parish Superintendent, Doris Voitier.

Early assessments of these programs through iLEAP, LEAP, and End-of Course tests have shown positive results with substantial gains for students across grade levels. More students in participating schools and districts are entering kindergarten on grade level, and in upper grades, more students are scoring at Mastery and Basic and above.

See below for a full list of recipients, and to learn more about SCRL grants and the application process click here

Cohort 1 Recipients (April 2012)

Cohort 2 Recipients (June 2013)

Assumption Parish School System

DeSoto Parish School System

Calcasieu Parish School System

East Baton Rouge Parish School System

Catahoula Parish School System

Iberville Parish School System

East Feliciana Parish School System

KIPP New Orleans Charter; McDonogh 15

FirstLine Charter Management Organization

Madison Parish School System

Jefferson Parish School System

Orleans Parish School System

Jefferson Davis Parish School System

Pointe Coupee Parish School System

Monroe City School System

ReNEW Charter Management Organization; Batiste Cultural Arts Academy

Natchitoches Parish School System

St. Bernard Parish School System

Plaquemines Parish School System

Terrebonne Parish School System

Sabine Parish School System

West Feliciana Parish School System

St. Bernard Parish School System

 

St. Charles Parish School System

 

St. Tammany Parish School System

 

Tangipahoa Parish School System

 

Vermilion Parish School System

 

West Baton Rouge Parish School System

 

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