The OPI Announces Comprehensive Literacy Project Grant Recipients
January 31, 2018
HELENA—The Office of Public Instruction announced today that 21 Montana school districts are being awarded Montana Comprehensive Literacy Project grants. These grants are funded through the federal Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Program. The purpose of the grant is to advance reading, writing, and digital literacy skills in students, with an emphasis on disadvantaged children.
Districts were eligible to apply if 50 percent or more of their students are eligible for free/reduced price meals or the district has 15% or more students with disabilities. All grant applications were put through a rigorous external peer review process for scoring and selection. Each eligible district was required to write a high-quality plan for improving literacy scores from age 4 to grade 12, with special attention given to transitions between age 4 to kindergarten, elementary to middle school, and middle to high school.
“This federal grant will assist the OPI in meeting many of the federal mandates within our ESSA state plan,” Arntzen said Wednesday. “Showing growth in student achievement, reducing student achievement gaps, and increasing digital skills in reading and writing are part of Montana’s long-term goals for student success. Congratulations to the Montana schools who were awarded grants. We look forward to seeing your students’ progress.”
More information can be found on the OPI’s website. Grant awards are between $250,000 and $600,000/year for up to three years contingent upon meeting program requirements. The amount of funding is formulated based on student enrollment. A grand award chart is attached. The 21 school districts that are receiving grants are listed below:
- East Helena
- Great Falls
- Rocky Boy
- St Regis
- Sun River
CONTACT: Dylan Klapmeier
Director of Communications, Montana Office of Public Instruction