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Comprehensive Literacy State Development Grant

Information regarding the Comprehensive Literacy State Development Grant.

Sections 2222–2225 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 authorizes the Comprehensive Literacy State Development (CLSD) Grant. This competitive grant advances literacy skills through the use of evidence-based practices, activities and interventions, including pre-literacy skills, reading, and writing. The grant will serve children from birth through grade twelve, with an emphasis on disadvantaged children, including children living in poverty, English learners, and children with disabilities. The grant also has two priorities: (1) projects that include evidence-based family literacy strategies and (2) projects that increase educational options for groups of students who have traditionally been underserved.

Background Information

The California Department of Education (CDE) was awarded $37.5 million in CLSD grant funds to leverage and expand existing statewide infrastructure, guidance, and expertise to bring coherence to the system of literacy supports to improve student outcomes over a period of five years. Project objectives include:

  • Align local and state literacy initiatives through a coordinated effort to build state and local capacity over the life of the project.
  • Develop and implement an evidence-based comprehensive State Literacy Plan (SLP) that aligns and integrates state literacy initiatives, content standards, and state guidance documents to support teachers of students birth through grade twelve.
  • Build local capacity to establish, align, and implement local literacy initiatives that emphasize family and community involvement to address the needs of California’s most vulnerable children.

For additional information on the CLSD grant proposal, please see Item 10 of the State Board of Education July 2019 Agenda (DOCX).

The CDE will distribute several regional grant awards to county offices of education to support the project objectives outlined above. In 2021, the CDE will announce a Request for Applications (RFA) to fund the CLSD competitive grant awards. New information and guidance will be added as it becomes available.

State Literacy Plan

A major objective of the CLSD grant is to develop and implement a comprehensive SLP that aligns and integrates state literacy initiatives, content standards, and state guidance documents to support teachers of students birth through grade twelve. Data from the Comprehensive Statewide Literacy Needs Assessment (DOCX) helped to inform the SLP. In December 2019, the CDE invited all California local educational agencies (LEAs) to participate in this survey, which is now closed. However, LEAs can still download the word version of the survey to use as a tool. The technical assistance webinar External link opens in new window or tab. may be viewed to learn more about the needs assessment process.

Public Comment Period

The SLP was presented to the Instructional Quality Commission (IQC) at its September 16, 2020 meeting. The IQC approved the draft SLP for a public comment and review period from September 17, through October 28, 2020. The IQC and the SBE welcome your review and comments on the draft SLP. At its November 2020 meeting, the IQC will consider all feedback to inform potential revisions to the draft plan. Below you will find the draft of the SLP and the public comment survey.

You may also send comments regarding the draft SLP to CLSDP@cde.ca.gov. Please use the document version of the input survey below.

State Literacy Plan Team

On March 23–24, and August 19–20, 2020, the CDE virtually convened a SLP team comprised of educators and literacy experts across California to provide input on a draft SLP. Learn more about the team and review the presentation provided to them on the CDE’s SLP Team web page.

State Board of Education Agenda Items and Memoranda

All State Board of Education (SBE) agenda items and memoranda related to the CLSD grant are available on the CLSD SBE Agenda Items and Memos web page.

Program Authorization

Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) (see Sections 2222–2225 on pages 172 through 180 of the legislation)

Additional Information

CDE November 4, 2019 News Release

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Last Reviewed: Wednesday, September 30, 2020
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