Funding Opportunity to Implement Science of Reading

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Reading proficiency decline: The 2022 NAEP scores revealed further declines in student reading proficiency, which were already low before the pandemic (Source: Nations Report Card).

Science of reading: The science of reading is a comprehensive body of research that shows how students learn to read and emphasizes phonics, fluency, comprehension, and other key metrics.

Evidence-based literacy programs: Several states have embraced the science of reading and implemented evidence-based literacy programs in classrooms, resulting in improved reading outcomes for students.

ESSER funding opportunity: With $130 billion in ESSER funding unspent, states have a historic opportunity to close early literacy gaps and accelerate student learning by investing in evidence-based literacy programs.

Educator preparation: States should also target educator preparation and ensure that all teachers receive comprehensive training in the science of reading (Tap Here >> What is Science of Reading?).

What is the ESSER Funding?

The ESSER funding is a program that provides federal funds to states and school districts to help safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools and address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the nation’s students (Source: ed.gov). The ESSER funding is authorized in three pieces of legislation: the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act, and the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act (Source: TEA.gov). The ESSER funding can be used for various expenses related to COVID-19 prevention or response activities that support students’ social-emotional well-being and academic achievement (Source: Espark Learning). The ESSER funding is available until September 20244.

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