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Early Literacy Support Block Grant
Section 113 of the Education Omnibus Trailer Bill (Senate Bill 98) for the 2020-21 California State Budget appropriates $50 million to establish the Early Literacy Support Block (ELSB) Grant Program. The ELSB Grant Program requires the California Department of Education (CDE) to award funds to local educational agencies (LEAs) with the 75 schools that have the highest percentage of students in grade three scoring at the lowest achievement standard level on the State Summative English Language Arts (ELA) assessment.
To determine which LEAs were eligible for ELSB funds, the CDE examined the weighted average of the results for the 2018 and 2019 ELA Summative Assessment to identify the 75 schools with the highest percentage of students in grade three scoring at Level 1.
The schools also met the following additional required criteria:
- The school must have reported results for at least 11 students in grade three for the 2018 and 2019 ELA Summative Assessments.
- The school must be designated as traditional in the 2018–19 California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System.
The CDE notified all eligible LEAs on August 31, 2020, and invited them to apply for funding. Potrero Elementary School qualified for the grant.
Total grant award is $613,410.00 for the grant period of August 2021 - June 2024.
Grant funds may be used only to fund supplemental activities and shall not supplant already existing activities being provided by the LEA or at the eligible schools. The activities shall be targeted for improvement strategies for pupils in kindergarten and grades one to three, inclusive, at eligible schools.
Year 2: 2022-2023
Year 2: 2022-2023
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