The National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices announced eight states have been selected to receive grants of up to $50,000 to help them develop literacy plans and policies to improve adolescent literacy achievement. After a thorough evaluation process, a selection committee independent of NGA selected grantees who will develop a K-12 literacy plan or establish a state literacy plan for grades four through 12 that aligns with the existing early literacy plan. The committee awarded grants to Arizona, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, and North Carolina. The grants will be administered by the NGA Center for Best Practices (NGA Center). The Reading to Achieve grant program will assist states at any stage in the development or implementation of plans to strengthen policies that promote adolescent literacy. Many of the selected states will employ strategies recommended in the NGA Center’s Reading to Achieve: A Governor’s Guide to Adolescent Literacy, which offers recommendations to policymakers based on best practices and research.

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