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Comprehensive Literacy State Development (CLSD)

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In September 2020, Mayor Bowser Announced a $16 Million Federal Grant to Improve Literacy for Students. The five-year Comprehensive Literacy State Development (CLSD) Grant will be used to support local education agencies (LEAs) and nonprofit organizations to improve outcomes and strengthen literacy instruction for children and students, birth through grade 12.

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) has held two competitive application processes to award CLSD subgrants. In September 2021, OSSE awarded CLSD subgrants to three organizations and four LEAs, totaling more than $12.9 million to be disseminated in annual allocations between 2021-2025. In September 2022, OSSE announced an additional three LEAs had received CLSD Grades 6-12 (CLSD 6-12) subgrant funds, totaling more than $2.2 million to be disseminated in annual allocations between 2022-2025. The LEAs and organizations awarded with CLSD subgrant funds will utilize funding to target literacy through a range of strategies such as high-quality curricular materials, literacy-focused personnel, professional development for educators and high-impact tutoring.

Overall, the CLSD subgrants awarded by OSSE represent an over $15 million investment in literacy instruction and intervention. Across the District, more than 12,000 students and children are impacted by CLSD subgrant funding, as well as many educators and instructional leaders.

In additional to subgrant funding, OSSE also leverages a portion of the CLSD grant to fund state-wide activities, including the development of the DC State-Wide Comprehensive Literacy Plan, professional development about structured literacy and a city-wide literacy convening.

Comprehensive Literacy State Development (CLSD) Grant 2021 Subgrantees

School Type

School Name

Award Amount

Early Childhood Education

AppleTree Institute

$1,353,426

Early Childhood Education

Bright Beginnings

$357,434

Early Childhood Education

Martha's Table

$689,139

Grades K-5

D.C. Preparatory Academy

$1,382,944

Grades K-5

Eagle Academy PCS

$1,800,083

Grades K-5

Friendship PCS

$1,507,888

Grades K-5

Meridian PCS

$1,709,084

Grades 6-12

Friendship PCS

$2,421,033

Grades 6-12

Meridian PCS

$1,690,082

Comprehensive Literacy State Development Grades 6-12 (CLSD 6-12) Grant 2022 Subgrantees

School Type

School Name

Award Amount

Grades 6-12

DC Scholars PCS

$449,519.20

Grades 6-12

KIPP DC

$927,365.40

Grades 6-12

The SEED School of Washington, D.C.

 $912,000.00

For questions about Literacy DC, please contact [email protected].