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Early Literacy Pilot

The Ohio Department of Education, through its Office for Exceptional Children, is implementing a comprehensive State Systemic Improvement Plan to improve the educational results of Ohio’s students with disabilities. The plan places the state’s strategic focus over the next several years on the area of early literacy. This focus recognizes the importance of early literacy and its relationship with student outcomes in Ohio. Students who do not acquire adequate language and pre-literacy skills struggle with learning to read. Students who read poorly in third grade are likely to read poorly in later years. Students who read poorly are more likely to drop out of school and, consequently, are rarely college and career ready.

Districts can assess using the Reading Tiered Fidelity Inventory - RTFI how well their Multi Tiered Systems of Support MTSS for reading is implemented in their school. The Reading Tiered Fidelity Inventory (R-TFI) lists the core features of MTSS for each of the three tiers. Each tier can be assessed separately. It is important to begin with Tier 1 because Tier 1 addresses the core reading program.  

Phase I

Phase II

Reading Achievement Plans

The Department of Education held a webinar about the Reading Achievement Plan  on October 10, 2017. 

Here is a link to the recorded webinar as well as the PowerPoint 


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Ohio awarded the Striving Readers Grant

The Department of Education received a Striving Readers Grant and was awarded the full asking amount of $35 million.  The Department used the Early Literacy pilot as the foundation for the Striving Reader proposal.  The three-year grant will focus on serving the greatest numbers of students living in poverty, students with disabilities, English learners and students identified as having a reading disability.

Ninety-five percent of these funds will be distributed to school districts and early childhood agencies through a competitive peer review process as outlined by the USDOE.   Kim Miller, the Regional Early Literacy Specialist kim.miller@sst16.org, is available to work with districts to apply for the funds.

 Those interested in applying for a Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy (SRCL) subgrant are required to meet the above eligibility requirements and submit an Intent to Apply by Jan. 10, 2018.

The Link to the Ohio Department of Education website and the Striving Readers Grant link is as follows: