Early Literacy Grants
Section 35a(4) of the FY 2019 State School Aid Act provides $21,000,000 for early literacy coaches at Intermediate School Districts (ISD) to assist teachers in developing and implementing instructional strategies for pupils in grades K-3 so that pupils are reading at grade level by the end of grade 3. Each ISD in the state is eligible to receive $75,000 per coach from MDE but the ISD must provide funds for at least 50% of the grant amount awarded to support the cost of the coach. In other words, since grant awards may not exceed $75,000 per coach, the maximum required ISD matching allocation would be $37,500 per coach.
NOT FUNDED FOR 19-20: Section 104d of the FY 2018 State School Aid Act provided $9,200,000 in an equal per pupil formula reimbursement to districts and public school academies (PSAs) that purchased a computer-adaptive test; or that purchased 1 or more diagnostic or screening tools, for pupils in grades K to 3 that are intended to increase reading proficiency by grade 4; or that purchased a benchmark assessment for pupils in grades K-8.
Section 35a(5) of the FY 2019 State School Aid Act provides $19,900,000 to districts for additional instructional time to pupils in grades K-3 who have been identified as needing additional supports and interventions in order to be reading at grade level by the end of grade 3.
Section 35a(9) of the FY 2019 State School Aid provides $5,000,000 to districts to implement a summer school reading program for grade 3 pupils who did not score at least proficient on the English language arts (ELA) portion of the 2019 grade 3 Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) and for pupils in grades K to 2 who are not reading at grade level.