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Early Literacy Grant


On August 8, 2012, CDE presented to the State Board proposed draft rules related to the Early Literacy Grant, one component of the READ Act. After receiving written public comments and holding a rulemaking hearing on October 17, 2012, the State Board voted unanimously to adopt the Early Literacy Grant rules.


The Early Literacy Grant is designed to distribute funds to local education providers, including school districts, BOCES, and district charter schools or Institute Charter Schools, to ensure the essential components of reading instruction are embedded into all elements of the primary, K-3 teaching structures in all schools, including universal and targeted and intensive instructional interventions, to assist all students in achieving reading competency.


The Early Literacy Grant is funded every three years. The current cycle of the grant is from 2013-2016. The 2013-2014 school year was the first year of the grant program, implemented in 30 schools representing 15 school districts in 7 regions of the state.

DIBELS Next and PALS Testing Requirements for Early Literacy Grant Schools

  • Fall: Test all K-3 students within the first 30 days of school. Data must be entered into DIBELSnet or PALS by September 26, 2014.
  • Winter: Complete benchmark testing by January 16, 2015. Data must be entered into DIBELSnet or PALS by January 23, 2015.
  • Spring: Complete benchmark testing by May 22, 2015. Data must be entered into DIBELSnet or PALS by May 29, 2015.

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