SEC. 2224

SUBGRANTS TO ELIGIBLE ENTITIES IN SUPPORT OF KINDERGARTEN THROUGH GRADE 12 LITERACY

 

 

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``SEC. 2224. <<NOTE: 20 USC 6644.>> SUBGRANTS TO ELIGIBLE ENTITIES
                          IN SUPPORT OF KINDERGARTEN THROUGH GRADE
                          12 LITERACY.

    ``(a) Subgrants to Eligible Entities.--
            ``(1) Subgrants.--A State educational agency receiving a
        grant under this subpart shall use a portion of the grant funds, 
        in accordance with clauses (ii) and (iii) of section
        2222(d)(2)(D), to award subgrants, on a competitive basis, to
        eligible entities to enable the eligible entities to carry out
        the authorized activities described in subsections (c) and (d).
            ``(2) Duration.--The term of a subgrant under this section
        shall be determined by the State educational agency awarding the
        subgrant and shall in no case exceed 5 years.
            ``(3) Sufficient size and scope.--A State educational agency
        shall award subgrants under this section of sufficient size and
        scope to allow the eligible entities to carry out high-quality
        comprehensive literacy instruction in each grade level for which
        the subgrant funds are provided.
            ``(4) Local applications.--An eligible entity desiring to
        receive a subgrant under this section shall submit an
        application to the State educational agency at such time, in
        such manner, and containing such information as the State
        educational agency may require. Such application shall include, 
        for each school that the eligible entity identifies as
        participating in a subgrant program under this section, the
        following information:

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                    ``(A) A description of the eligible entity's needs
                assessment conducted to identify how subgrant funds will
                be used to inform and improve comprehensive literacy
                instruction at the school.
                    ``(B) How the school, the local educational agency, 
                or a provider of high-quality professional development
                will provide ongoing high-quality professional
                development to all teachers, principals, other school
                leaders, specialized instructional support personnel (as
                appropriate), and other instructional leaders served by
                the school.
                    ``(C) How the school will identify children in need
                of literacy interventions or other support services.
                    ``(D) An explanation of how the school will
                integrate comprehensive literacy instruction into a
                well-rounded education.
                    ``(E) A description of how the school will
                coordinate comprehensive literacy instruction with early
                childhood education programs and activities and after-
                school programs and activities in the area served by the
                local educational agency.

    ``(b) Priority.--In awarding grants under this section, the State
educational agency shall give priority to an eligible entity that will
use funds under subsection (c) or (d) to implement evidence-based
activities, defined for the purpose of this subsection as activities
meeting the requirements of section 8101(21)(A)(i).
    ``(c) Local Uses of Funds for Kindergarten Through Grade 5.--An
eligible entity that receives a subgrant under this section shall use
the subgrant funds to carry out the following activities pertaining to
children in kindergarten through grade 5:
            ``(1) Developing and implementing a comprehensive literacy
        instruction plan across content areas for such children that--
                    ``(A) serves the needs of all children, including
                children with disabilities and English learners, 
                especially children who are reading or writing below
                grade level;
                    ``(B) provides intensive, supplemental, accelerated, 
                and explicit intervention and support in reading and
                writing for children whose literacy skills are below
                grade level; and
                    ``(C) supports activities that are provided
                primarily during the regular school day but that may be
                augmented by after-school and out-of-school time
                instruction.
            ``(2) Providing high-quality professional development
        opportunities for teachers, literacy coaches, literacy
        specialists, English as a second language specialists (as
        appropriate), principals, other school leaders, specialized
        instructional support personnel, school librarians, 
        paraprofessionals, and other program staff.
            ``(3) Training principals, specialized instructional support
        personnel, and other local educational agency personnel to
        support, develop, administer, and evaluate high-quality
        kindergarten through grade 5 literacy initiatives.
            ``(4) Coordinating the involvement of early childhood
        education program staff, principals, other instructional
        leaders, teachers, teacher literacy teams, English as a second
        language specialists (as appropriate), special educators, school
        personnel, and specialized instructional support personnel (as
        appropriate)

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        in the literacy development of children served under this
        subsection.
            ``(5) Engaging families and encouraging family literacy
        experiences and practices to support literacy development.

    ``(d) Local Uses of Funds for Grades 6 Through 12.--An eligible
entity that receives a subgrant under this section shall use subgrant
funds to carry out the following activities pertaining to children in
grades 6 through 12:
            ``(1) Developing and implementing a comprehensive literacy
        instruction plan described in subsection (c)(1) for children in
        grades 6 through 12.
            ``(2) Training principals, specialized instructional support
        personnel, school librarians, and other local educational agency
        personnel to support, develop, administer, and evaluate high-
        quality comprehensive literacy instruction initiatives for
        grades 6 through 12.
            ``(3) Assessing the quality of adolescent comprehensive
        literacy instruction as part of a well-rounded education.
            ``(4) Providing time for teachers to meet to plan evidence-
        based adolescent comprehensive literacy instruction to be
        delivered as part of a well-rounded education.
            ``(5) Coordinating the involvement of principals, other
        instructional leaders, teachers, teacher literacy teams, English
        as a second language specialists (as appropriate), 
        paraprofessionals, special educators, specialized instructional
        support personnel (as appropriate), and school personnel in the
        literacy development of children served under this subsection.

    ``(e) Allowable Uses.--An eligible entity that receives a subgrant
under this section may, in addition to carrying out the activities
described in subsections (c) and (d), use subgrant funds to carry out
the following activities pertaining to children in kindergarten through
grade 12:
            ``(1) Recruiting, placing, training, and compensating
        literacy coaches.
            ``(2) Connecting out-of-school learning opportunities to in-
        school learning in order to improve children's literacy
        achievement.
            ``(3) Training families and caregivers to support the
        improvement of adolescent literacy.
            ``(4) Providing for a multi-tier system of supports for
        literacy services.
            ``(5) Forming a school literacy leadership team to help
        implement, assess, and identify necessary changes to the
        literacy initiatives in 1 or more schools to ensure success.
            ``(6) Providing time for teachers (and other literacy staff, 
        as appropriate, such as school librarians or specialized
        instructional support personnel) to meet to plan comprehensive
        literacy instruction.


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