Tennessee launches $100 million literacy program to reach struggling readers
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Education hopes a new literacy initiative will help teachers and school districts reach struggling readers.
The Tennessean reports officials plan to spend $100 million on “Reading 360,” which was launched Monday across the state.
Before the coronavirus pandemic shuttered classrooms, only about 36% of Tennessee’s third graders could read on grade level.
Educators anticipate struggling students will have fallen further behind.
Tennessee Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn says the new phonics-based reading program takes a comprehensive approach to addressing the state’s literacy crisis.