Literacy Coaches and Reading Specialists FAQsFrequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and answers regarding the Literacy Coaches and Reading Specialists Grant for fiscal years 2022–27.
Funding Calculations and Apportionment of Funds
Who is eligible to receive Literacy Coaches and Reading Specialists funds?
Eligible school sites are defined as elementary school sites operated by a local educational agency (LEA), defined as an elementary or unified school district, county office of education, or charter school, with an unduplicated pupil percentage of 97 percent or greater for pupils enrolled in kindergarten and grades 1 to 3, inclusive, based on 2021–22 Fall 1 census day pupil data submitted through the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS).
The unduplicated pupil percentage for a school site is calculated by the sum of the number of unduplicated pupils eligible for free and reduced-price meals, English language learners, and youth in foster care, divided by each school site’s total enrollment for kindergarten and grades 1 to 3, inclusive.
How will the funding be calculated?
Allocation of funds to an eligible school site is based on an amount per pupil enrolled in kindergarten or any of grades 1 to 3, inclusive, so that no LEA will receive less than $450,000 per eligible school site. Grant amounts will be determined using 2021–22 school enrollment data determined as of the CALPADS Fall 1 Certification.
Allocations for eligible LEAs are available at Literacy Coaches and Reading Specialists Grant Program funding results web page.
When can local educational agencies (LEAs) expect to receive the Literacy Coaches and Reading Specialists funds?
The California Department of Education (CDE) plans to release the first apportionment of funds, reflecting 50 percent of the allocation for each LEA, in early 2023; remaining funds will be released in spring 2023.
What if an LEA does not want to receive funds?
If an LEA does not wish to participate in the Literacy Coaches and Reading Specialists program, an Opt-Out Form may be submitted to the CDE by September 30, 2022.
The Opt-Out Form is available on the Literacy Coaches and Reading Specialists Grant web page.
Where can I find more information on Literacy Coaches and Reading Specialists funds?
Language governing the allocation and use of the Literacy Coaches and Reading Specialists funds can be found in Assembly Bill 181, Section 137 (Chapter 52, Statutes of 2022) .
Additional information is available at Literacy Coaches and Reading Specialists Grant web page.
What is the Standardized Account Code Structure (SACS) code for Literacy Coaches and Reading Specialists?
SACS Resource Code 6211: Literacy Coaches and Reading Specialists.
How long do I have to spend the funds?
Funds are available for encumbrance through June 30, 2027.