Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Program

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Program Office: Office of Academic Improvement

CFDA Number: 84.371C
Program Type: Discretionary Grants and Set-Aside Grants for the Secretary of the Interior for such a program at schools funded by the Bureau of Indian Education and four Outlying Areas – American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands, Guam and the Virgin Islands.


The Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy (SRCL) program is authorized as part of the FY 2010 Consolidated Appropriations Act (Pub. L. No. 111-117) under the Title I demonstration authority (Part E, Section 1502 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

Discretionary Grants

The purpose of the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy (SRCL) discretionary grants is to create a comprehensive literacy program to advance literacy skills — including pre-literacy skills, reading, and writing — for students from birth through grade 12, including limited-English-proficient students and students with disabilities.

Note: A portion of the funds appropriated for SRCL will be set aside for outlying areas and Bureau of Indian Education schools.

Formula Grants

Formula grants were awarded to State Education Agencies (SEAs) to establish or support a State Literacy Team with expertise in literacy development and education for children from birth to grade 12 to assist the State in developing a comprehensive literacy plan. See “Awards” page for more information about the grantees.

Discretionary Grants

Discretionary grants were awarded to six SEAs. They will use 95% of the award to make subgrants to local educational agencies (LEAs) or certain early childhood education providers to support services and activities that have the characteristics of effective literacy instruction through professional development, screening and assessment, targeted interventions for students reading below grade level, and other research-based methods of improving classroom instruction and practice. See “Awards” page for more information about the grantees. See “State’s Applications, Scores, and Comments” for PDFs of applications and reviewer’s scores.


FY 2011 $180 MILLION Awarded to six States for COMPREHENSIVE LITERACY PROGRAM aimed at children, birth-grade 12. Click here for further information


SCRL Comprehensive Literacy Plans Prepared by States, BIE and Outlying Areas. Click here for further information.

Last Modified: 02/13/2018