SEC. 2222

COMPREHENSIVE LITERACY STATE DEVELOPMENT GRANTS

 

 

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``SEC. 2222. <<NOTE: 20 USC 6642.>> COMPREHENSIVE LITERACY STATE
                          DEVELOPMENT GRANTS.

    ``(a) Grants Authorized.--From the amounts reserved by the Secretary
under section 2201(2) and not reserved under subsection (b), the
Secretary shall award grants, on a competitive basis, to State
educational agencies to enable the State educational agencies to--
            ``(1) provide subgrants to eligible entities serving a
        diversity of geographic areas, giving priority to entities
        serving greater numbers or percentages of children from low-
        income families; and
            ``(2) develop or enhance comprehensive literacy instruction
        plans that ensure high-quality instruction and effective
        strategies in reading and writing for children from early
        childhood education through grade 12, including English learners
        and children with disabilities.

    ``(b) Reservation.--From the amounts reserved to carry out this
subpart for a fiscal year, the Secretary shall reserve--
            ``(1) not more than a total of 5 percent for national
        activities, including a national evaluation, technical
        assistance and training, data collection, and reporting;
            ``(2) one half of 1 percent for the Secretary of the
        Interior to carry out a program described in this subpart at
        schools operated or funded by the Bureau of Indian Education; 
        and
            ``(3) one half of 1 percent for the outlying areas to carry
        out a program under this subpart.

    ``(c) Duration of Grants.--A grant awarded under this subpart shall
be for a period of not more than 5 years total. Such grant may be
renewed for an additional 2-year period upon the termination of the
initial period of the grant if the grant recipient demonstrates to the
satisfaction of the Secretary that--
            ``(1) the State has made adequate progress; and
            ``(2) renewing the grant for an additional 2-year period is
        necessary to carry out the objectives of the grant described in
        subsection (d).

    ``(d) State Applications.--
            ``(1) In general.--A State educational agency desiring a
        grant under this subpart shall submit an application to the
        Secretary, at such time and in such manner as the Secretary may
        require. The State educational agency shall collaborate with the
        State agency responsible for administering early childhood
        education programs and the State agency responsible for
        administering child care programs in the State in writing and
        implementing the early childhood education portion of the grant
        application under this subsection.
            ``(2) Contents.--An application described in paragraph (1) 
        shall include, at a minimum, the following:
                    ``(A) A needs assessment that analyzes literacy
                needs across the State and in high-need schools and
                local educational agencies that serve high-need schools, 
                including

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                identifying the most significant gaps in literacy
                proficiency and inequities in student access to
                effective teachers of literacy, considering each of the
                subgroups of students, as defined in section 1111(c)(2).
                    ``(B) A description of how the State educational
                agency, in collaboration with the State literacy team, 
                if applicable, will develop a State comprehensive
                literacy instruction plan or will revise and update an
                already existing State comprehensive literacy
                instruction plan.
                    ``(C) An implementation plan that includes a
                description of how the State educational agency will
                carry out the State activities described in subsection
                (f).
                    ``(D) An assurance that the State educational agency
                will use implementation grant funds described in
                subsection (f)(1) for comprehensive literacy instruction
                programs as follows:
                          ``(i) Not less than 15 percent of such grant
                      funds shall be used for State and local programs
                      and activities pertaining to children from birth
                      through kindergarten entry.
                          ``(ii) Not less than 40 percent of such grant
                      funds shall be used for State and local programs
                      and activities, allocated equitably among the
                      grades of kindergarten through grade 5.
                          ``(iii) Not less than 40 percent of such grant
                      funds shall be used for State and local programs
                      and activities, allocated equitably among grades 6
                      through 12.
                    ``(E) An assurance that the State educational agency
                will give priority in awarding a subgrant under section
                2223 to an eligible entity that--
                          ``(i) serves children from birth through age 5
                      who are from families with income levels at or
                      below 200 percent of the Federal poverty line; or
                          ``(ii) is a local educational agency serving a
                      high number or percentage of high-need schools.

    ``(e) Priority.--In awarding grants under this section, the
Secretary shall give priority to State educational agencies that will
use the grant funds for evidence-based activities, defined for the
purpose of this subsection as activities meeting the requirements of
section 8101(21)(A)(i).
    ``(f) State Activities.--
            ``(1) In general.--A State educational agency receiving a
        grant under this section shall use not less than 95 percent of
        such grant funds to award subgrants to eligible entities, based
        on their needs assessment and a competitive application process.
            ``(2) Reservation.--A State educational agency receiving a
        grant under this section may reserve not more than 5 percent for
        activities identified through the needs assessment and
        comprehensive literacy plan described in subparagraphs (A) and
        (B) of subsection (d)(2), including the following activities:
                    ``(A) Providing technical assistance, or engaging
                qualified providers to provide technical assistance, to
                eligible entities to enable the eligible entities to
                design and implement literacy programs.
                    ``(B) Coordinating with institutions of higher
                education in the State to provide recommendations to
                strengthen

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                and enhance pre-service courses for students preparing
                to teach children from birth through grade 12 in
                explicit, systematic, and intensive instruction in
                evidence-based literacy methods.
                    ``(C) Reviewing and updating, in collaboration with
                teachers and institutions of higher education, State
                licensure or certification standards in the area of
                literacy instruction in early education through grade
                12.
                    ``(D) Making publicly available, including on the
                State educational agency's website, information on
                promising instructional practices to improve child
                literacy achievement.
                    ``(E) Administering and monitoring the
                implementation of subgrants by eligible entities.
            ``(3) Additional uses.--After carrying out the activities
        described in paragraphs (1) and (2), a State educational agency
        may use any remaining amount to carry out 1 or more of the
        following activities:
                    ``(A) Developing literacy coach training programs
                and training literacy coaches.
                    ``(B) Administration and evaluation of activities
                carried out under this subpart.

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