Georgia Awarded Comprehensive Literacy State Development Grant
Georgia will receive a total of $179,174,766 over five years
to continue the Literacy for Learning, Living, and Leading in Georgia (L4GA)
initiative, which aims to improve literacy outcomes for students from birth
through grade 12. Read Georgia’s L4GA 2019 approved grant narrative here.
Introduced by State School Superintendent Richard Woods in
2016, L4GA is a unique approach to improving literacy that pairs
community-driven action with research-proven instruction. In its first round,
funded by a federal Striving Readers grant of $61.5 million, thirty-eight school
districts have partnered with early learning and care providers as well as
community organizations to implement community efforts and improve classroom
instruction. By working together, schools, early learning providers, and
caretakers, and community leaders are moving the needle on literacy – in 2019,
third-grade students showed significant gains in English Language Arts and
Ninety-five percent of Georgia’s award will be competitively
awarded to local school districts and their community partners to serve
students from birth through grade 12. The sub-awards will take into account the
poverty level of a community, the percentage of students reading below grade
level, the recent rate of growth in the number of students reading above grade
level, and whether a school is identified for support from the Department of
Education’s School Improvement team. The competitive sub-award process will be
conducted this winter. Current L4GA grantees will be eligible to apply for a
second sub-award competition conducted in Spring 2021.
See the full Governor's Office press release here.
Fall 2017: Georgia was awarded a total of $61,579,800 through the
federal Striving Readers grant competition. Ninety-five percent of funds
were sub-granted to 38 districts through a state grant competition. These funds are allocated for students in
schools within a feeder system (including birth-age 5 childcare providers and
elementary, middle, and high schools).
All awarded districts have community-school partnerships with local organizations, the Regional Education Service Agencies, and teacher preparation programs to collectively improve literacy outcomes. Georgia was awarded the funds from the United States Department of Education based on Georgia's Literacy for Learning, Living and Leading Approved Grant.
A crucial part of our L4GA Grant is evaluation. Teams from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Georgia State University will be collecting data from L4GA districts to 1) document postive practices and 2) gauge the overal impact of the L4GA Project. Districts must collect student
performance and achievement data using the schedule found here.