Jason Gonzales , USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee
More than 100 school districts across the state will take part in Tennessee’s Read to be Ready summer reading program aimed at raising lagging literacy rates in early grades.
The 107 communities across the state that were awarded the grants will be able to reach more than 11,000 Tennessee students. In total, the Tennessee Department of Education is awarding more than $8.5 million to 212 schools recipients throughout Tennessee.
Read to be Ready was launched in 2015 as a campaign to increase third grade reading proficiency in Tennessee to 75 percent by 2025. Only 43 percent of all Tennessee students read on grade level by fourth grade.
“To reach our goals as a state, we know that our struggling readers need support beyond strong, daily classroom instruction for 180 days of the year,” McQueen said in a news statement. “Read to be Ready summer programs help communities ensure our youngest learners are getting the targeted support they need year-round. Above all, we want students to develop the skills and abilities that will grow their motivation and confidence to become life-long readers and thinkers.”
The state recieved applications from nearly three-quarters of school districts across Tennessee for summer grant funding. The Tennessee education and human services, with support from First Lady Crissy Haslam, are providing $30 million over the next three years for the grants.
Each school has guidelines to follow for the summer reading camp grants, but have the independence to build the program to fit the needs of the community. The reading camps target students who are some of the furthest behind in reading ability.
“Summer reading loss can have a significant impact on the academic progress made by our students during the school year,” Haslam said in the release. “These Read to Be Ready summer programs are an innovative and strategic approach to combating that summer slide and improving reading proficiency across the state.”
Read to be Ready summer grants
School districts across the state will take part in the 2017 Read to be Ready Summer Grant program. Here is a list of the schools:
- Achievement School District
- Aspire Coleman and Aspire Hanley 1 & 2
- Georgian Hills Achievement Elementary
- Libertas School of Memphis
- Davidson County
- Bellshire Design Center
- Glencliff Elementary
- Cole Elementary
- J.E. Moss Elementary School
- Old Center Elementary School
- Napier Elementary mSchool
- Inglewood Elementary School
- Whitsitt Elementary School
- Robert Churchwell Elementary School
- Glenview Elementary School
- Caldwell Enhanced Option School
- Knox County
- Lonsdale Elementary School
- Greene Magnet Academy
- Rutherford County
- Kittrell Elementary
- Christiana Elementary School
- Shelby County
- Power Center Academy Elementary School
- Willow Oaks Elementary
- Granville T. Woods Academy of Innovation
- Rozelle Elementary
- Cummings School
- Memphis Business Academy Elementary
- Williamson County
- Westwood Elementary School