Striving Readers Grant
Floyd County Schools awarded $1.44 million Striving Reader Grant
Posted on 02/27/2015
Floyd County Schools was one of 15 school districts in Georgia awarded a Striving Reader Grant according to an announcement released today from the Georgia Department of Education.  The system will receive more than $1.44 million for literacy materials and teacher training to help children read on grade level.    

Striving Reader is a comprehensive literacy grant program, aimed at raising literacy levels in Title-I eligible schools where a significant number of students are reading below grade level. Georgia was one of six states to receive a Striving Reader grant in 2011 and, since then, has received more than $91 million to distribute to eligible districts.

"The Striving Reader Comprehensive Literacy grant will help to create a seamless plan for children from our earliest grades to the high school level," stated Dr. Jeff McDaniel, superintendent of Floyd County Schools.  The grant will provide funds to meet the literacy needs of all students in the Pepperell area.  The grant funds will provide a variety of literacy materials for students, as well as opportunities for professional learning for school faculty and staff members.  "We are extremely excited about the grant award and the positive effects it will have on student growth and achievement in all academic areas as we seek to have every child reach Destination Graduation," added McDaniel.

The funding is awarded through a competitive grant process to schools that develop school-based literacy plans, using the State Literacy Plan as a guide. Funding is used in each school for teacher professional learning; benchmark screeners to develop reading ability and progress; and robust materials, curriculum, and technology to support literacy integration.