Striving Readers

To raise student achievement by improving the reading skills of middle and high school students who are reading below grade level.

Striving Readers supports the implementation and evaluation of research-based reading interventions for struggling middle and high school readers in Title I-eligible
schools at risk of not meeting or not meeting annual yearly progress requirements under the ESEA and/or that have significant percentages or numbers of students reading below grade level.

Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.




Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
District Of Columbia, Government Of $ 141,421   2020-10-012021-09-30
Cnmi Public School System $ 178,907   2020-10-012021-09-30
Education, Tennessee Department Of $ 4,004,100   2020-10-012021-09-30
Elementary And Secondary Education, Massachusetts Department Of $ 1,221,940   2020-10-012021-09-30
Education, Wyoming Department Of $ 8,685,491   2020-10-012021-09-30
Guam Department Of Education $ 320,698   2020-10-012021-09-30
Education, Arizona Dept Of $ 4,000,000   2020-10-012021-09-30
Education, The Virgin Islands Department Of $ 154,412   2020-10-012021-09-30
Colorado State Board Of Education $ 162,122   2020-10-012021-09-30
Education, Michigan Department Of $ 3,175,598   2020-10-012021-09-30



Program Accomplishments

In fiscal year 2006, 8 awards were made. In the first year of its implementation, the 2006-07 school year, the program served over 36,000 secondary school students.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Successful applicants must use these funds to carry out the activities described in their approved applications.

Striving Reader programs include supplemental literacy intervention strategies targeted to students who are reading significantly below grade level; cross-disciplinary strategies for improving student literacy that may include professional development for subject matter teachers and use of research-based reading strategies in classrooms across subject areas; and a strong experimental evaluation component.

Grant recipients, must, for example, use funds for reasonable costs needed to implement a supplemental literacy intervention, which may include additional staff time for extra periods of instruction, age-appropriate reading materials for struggling adolescent readers, assessment instruments, professional development opportunities for staff focused on literacy, and evaluation.

Funds must be used in Title I-eligible public schools serving grades 6-12 with significant numbers of students reading below grade level.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The following are eligible to apply for a Striving Readers grant: (1) One or more local educational agencies (LEAs) that receive Title I funds and have one or more high schools or middle schools with significant numbers of students reading below grade level and are at risk of not meeting or are not meeting Title I annual yearly progress requirements; (2) Intermediate service agencies on behalf of one or more local educational agencies that receive Title I funds and have one or more high schools or middle schools with significant numbers of students reading below grade level and are at risk of not meeting or are not meeting Title I annual yearly progress requirements; or (3) Partnerships that may include public or private institutions of higher education, eligible nonprofit or for-profit organizations (or consortia of such institutions or organizations), and LEAs that have one or more high schools or middle schools with significant numbers of students reading below grade level and are at risk of not meeting or are not meeting Title I adequate yearly progress requirements.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Adolescent students (in grades 6-12) who are reading below grade level. LEAs that have one or more high schools or middle schools with significant numbers of students reading below grade level or that are at risk of not meeting or are not meeting Title I adequate yearly progress requirements.

Credentials/Documentation

None.