RRCNA is the only association advocating exclusively for Reading Recovery and early literacy intervention
Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Grants to States
The U.S. Department of Education is inviting applications for new grants to states to implement comprehensive literacy programs, with $190 million expected to be awarded yet this year.
The Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy (SRCL) Program awards competitive grants to advance literacy skills for children from birth through Grade 12, with an emphasis on children living in poverty, English learners, and children with disabilities.
State education agencies that receive grants will disburse 95% of the funds to LEAs and other eligible applicants that propose high-quality comprehensive literacy instruction programs supported by moderate or strong evidence and that align with the state’s comprehensive literacy plan as well as local needs.
This is a perfect opportunity to conduct outreach to state education department staff to inform them about Reading Recovery, specifically that the program meets the “strong evidence” category and contributes to meeting the department’s requirement for the “effective and efficient use of funds.”
Advocates for Literacy’s Message to President Trump
Soon after taking office, President Trump received a letter from Advocates for Literacy, a coalition of over 60 organizations focused on increasing the federal commitment to improved literacy instruction through evidence-based practices. RRCNA is a founding member of the group.
The coalition is encouraging the new Administration to continue to support the implementation and funding of the Literacy Education for All, Results for the Nation (LEARN) program as authorized in the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This comprehensive literacy initiative supports statewide, evidence-based literacy instruction and interventions for students from early childhood through high school.
LEARN connects policy and practice directly by providing state education agencies the flexibility to select the interventions necessary to improve literacy instruction for all students in their states. LEARN supports states in a comprehensive, systemic approach to strengthen evidenced-based literacy and early literacy instruction for children from preschool age through high school and supports district capacity to accelerate reading and writing achievement for all students.
RRCNA is sharing information with education officials that Reading Recovery meets ESSA’s strong evidence standard. With data on every one of the more than 2.3 million children who have received lessons, Reading Recovery’s strong evidence is externally validated. Reading Recovery also received the highest possible rating for general reading achievement of all beginning reading programs reviewed by the What Works Clearinghouse.
In addition, any citizen can make a call to the U.S. Capitol operator at 202-224-3121 and be transferred to the office of your senators or U.S. representative.
Reading Recovery and Common Core State Standards
Reading Recovery can play a vital role in ensuring that students are able to meet the goals of the Common Core State Standards. Free resources include a 20-minute webcast, an article from The Journal of Reading Recovery, and a report from RRCNA.