New Mexico Public Education Department: New Mexico Reads to Lead Kindergarten through Grade 3 Reading InitiativeDeadline: April 24, 2015
Children who acquire a firm foundation in literacy in grades K–3 are not only prepared for future academic success, but will possess the life-long gift of reading. New Mexico must prioritize improved student reading achievement. The New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) has allocated $15.0 million to promote an early reading initiative for fiscal year (FY) 2016.
New Mexico’s early reading initiative, New Mexico Reads to Lead, will provide the following expectations and supports as we prepare our children to become leaders in literacy:
- Increase quality of reading instruction
- Provide a screening assessment for use in planning data-driven instruction
- Provide quality professional development for administrators, reading coaches, and teachers
- Ensure that districts/charter schools have a comprehensive plan for addressing literacy instruction
- Reach out to parents and families with free resources in English and Spanish to support children’s reading at home
Amount: The $15 million early reading initiative funding includes:
- $1.9 million to provide a common K–3 interim assessment for use in all elementary schools to identify struggling readers as early as kindergarten
- $2.4 million for professional development designed for teachers, coaches, and administrators on how to use data to drive instruction and effectively intervene with struggling readers and regional reading coaches including 14 regional reading coaches
- $10.7 million for districts and charter schools to provide reading coaches and intervention supports
Eligibility: New Mexico school districts and charter schools are eligible to apply.