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(105 ILCS 5/2-3.51a)
Continued Reading Improvement Block Grant
Program. To improve the reading and study skills of children from seventh
through twelfth grade in school districts. The State Board of Education
is authorized to administer a Continued Reading Improvement Block
Grant Program. As used in this Section, "school district" includes
those schools designated as laboratory schools.
(a) Funds for the Continued Reading Improvement Block Grant
Program shall be distributed to school districts on the following basis:
70% of moneys shall be awarded on the prior year's best 3 months
average daily attendance and 30% shall be distributed on the number of
economically disadvantaged (E.C.I.A. Chapter I) pupils in the district,
provided that the State Board may distribute an amount not to exceed
2% of the moneys appropriated for the Continued Reading Improvement
Block Grant Program for the purpose of providing teacher training and
re-training in the teaching of reading. Program funds shall be
distributed to school districts in 2 semi-annual installments, one
payment on or before October 30 and one payment prior to April 30 of
each year. The State Board shall adopt any rules necessary for the
implementation of this program.
(b) Continued Reading Improvement Block Grant Program funds
shall be used by school districts in the following manner to support students
in grades 7 through 12
who are reading significantly below grade level:
(1) to continue direct reading instruction for grades
7 through 12, focusing on the application of reading skills for understanding informational text;
(2) to focus on and to commit time and resources to
the reading of rich literature;
(3) to conduct intense vocabulary, spelling, and
related writing programs that promote better understanding of language and words;
(4) to provide professional development based on
scientifically based research and best practices and delivered by providers approved by the State Board of Education; and
(5) to increase the availability of reading
specialists and teacher aides trained in research-based reading intervention or improvement practices or both.
(c) Continued Reading Improvement Block Grant Program funds
shall be made available to each eligible school district submitting an
approved application developed by the State Board, beginning with the
2003-2004 school year. Applications shall include a proposed
assessment method or methods for measuring student reading skills.
Such methods may include the reading portion of State tests. At the end
of each school year the district shall report assessment results to the
State Board. Districts not demonstrating performance progress using an
approved assessment method shall not be eligible for funding in the third
or subsequent years until such progress is established.
(d) The State Superintendent of Education, in cooperation with the
school districts participating in the program, shall annually report to the
leadership of the General Assembly on the results of the Continued
Reading Improvement Block Grant Program and the progress being made
on improving the reading skills of students in grades 7 through 12.
(e) Grants under the Continued Reading Improvement Block Grant
Program shall be awarded provided there is an appropriation for the
program, and funding levels for each district shall be prorated according
to the amount of the appropriation. Funding for the program established
under Section 2-3.51 of this Code shall not be reduced in order to fund
the Continued Reading Improvement Block Grant Program.
(Source: P.A. 93-53, eff. 7-1-03.)