will receive $1.2 million from a $38 million state Department of Education literacy program, which will help increase reading achievement in schools.
Rep. Robert Godshall, R-53, announced the grant award Thursday.
“The funding is being awarded to school districts in the form of Keystone to Opportunity grants to support literacy programs in various school districts,” said Godshall in a press release. “The Keystone to Opportunity grant program aims to improve literacy learning outcomes and dramatically increase reading achievement among students at risk for academic failure. I am happy to announce that North Penn School District will be receiving nearly $1.2 million.”
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, which is administering the grants, the Commonwealth will receive $38 million from the federal Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Program to advance student literacy.
About 13,000 students attend North Penn schools and about 17 percent of the student population receives special education services, according to Godshall.
North Penn has made significant progress in recent years to improve student learning, particularly in writing and reading comprehension, according to the release.
The Keystone to Opportunity program aligns literacy instruction and state initiatives in order to provide the structure and tools necessary to make instructional decisions based on valid and reliable data.