Who May Apply: (specifically)
A State educational agency (SEA) that applies on behalf of itself and one or more LEAs, including charter schools considered to be LEAs in accordance with State law, that have governing authority over the eligible schools that the applicant proposes to include in the project. To be considered for an award under this competition, an eligible applicant must include in the application the following with respect to each school it proposes to include in the project:
- The school's name, location, and enrollment disaggregated by grade level for the 2008-09 school year.
- State or other assessment data that demonstrate that, during each of the 2007-08 and 2008-09 school years (or the most recent two years for which data are available), a minimum of 75 students in the grades to be served by the supplemental literacy intervention were struggling readers.
- Evidence that the school is eligible to receive funds under part A of title I of the ESEA, pursuant to section 1113 of the ESEA.
- A letter from the superintendent of the LEA that has governing authority over the school and the principal of the school that they:
- Agree to implement the proposed supplemental literacy intervention during the 2010-11, 2011-12, and 2012-13 school years, adhering strictly to the design of the intervention;
- Agree to allow eligible struggling readers to be randomly assigned (by lottery) to either the supplemental literacy intervention curriculum or to other activities in which they would otherwise participate, such as a study hall, electives, or other activity that does not involve supplemental reading instruction; and
- Agree to participate in the evaluation, including in the evaluator's collection of data on student outcomes and program implementation.
Schools that receive support from Striving Readers funds must be eligible for, but not necessarily receiving, funds under Part A of Title I. For questions about the eligibility of a specific school, consult LEA and SEA officials responsible for the administration of Title I. More information on Title I eligibility can be found in section 113 of Title I of ESEA, the Title I regulations at 34 CFR 200.77 and 200.78.