Utah is using $12 million of its state set-aside from ESSER II to establish the K-3 Early Professional Literacy Project. This effort will train Utah’s K-3 teachers, administrators, literacy coaches, and school psychologists in the science of literacy. The state is targeting districts on the basis of statewide reading assessment outcomes from 2020 and 2021. This should help ensure that schools with the greatest literacy needs will receive the most resources.
We are spotlighting this practice because one of the foundational steps to applying the science of reading is ensuring all educators are trained in this approach to literacy instruction. The state is also smartly using assessment data to target districts most in need.