Comprehensive Literacy State Development Grant

The Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) was awarded $49,839,514 through a five-year federal grant aimed at supporting language and literacy development growth in Hawaii public schools.


The Hawai‘i State Department of Education (HIDOE) has been awarded $49,839,514 through a five-year federal Comprehensive Literacy State Development (CLSD) Grant to supplement current literacy efforts with innovative strategies to accelerate student achievement amongst struggling subgroups of students. 

Through this grant, HIDOE, in partnership with Hawai‘i P-20, plans to develop and sustain a system to support educators and administrators in enhancing their capacity and competencies to fully implement evidence-based literacy for children birth through 12th grade with an emphasis on learners vulnerable to academic failure. HIDOE aims to advance school design innovation through literacy in three key areas: 

  • Advancing third grade and secondary literacy disciplinary literacy skills
  • Providing multi- language opportunities that honors the home language and culture of students
  • Empowering families to become partners in their child's education. 

Third grade reading proficiency is also paramount to student success with literacy serving as the foundation for student growth and development. The 2018-19 Strive HI Performance System results showed 75% of third-graders are reading above or at/near grade level, a 10-point gain over just two years. HIDOE aims to further advance this indicator through the federal grant, to accelerate goals around implementing a system of evidence-based literacy programs for children, with a focus on disadvantaged students. 

Subgrants will be available based on supporting the highest-need students to mitigate the achievement gap through exciting and innovative learning opportunities.

HIDOE's CLSD grant application

CLSD Grant Objectives Literacy Grant One Pager
  • Enhance birth to grade 12 literacy outcomes for our most disadvantaged students;
  • Implement evidence-based literacy practices with fidelity;
  • Ensure subgrantees develop evidence-based literacy plans;
  • Enhance data-driven decision-making; and
  • Engage families in supporting their childrenʻs literacy development

Funds will be used...

  • To address literacy needs of students and families;
  • To implement the activities that were articulated in the full proposal;
  • For additional staff necessary to implement the approved activities;
  • For costs for services, supplies, materials, and equipment necessary to implement the approved activities.

Eligible Subgrant Applicants

  • Individual complex areas or consortia of complex areas
  • State Public Charter School Commission on behalf of charter schools
  • Note: Complex areas may only submit one application or be included in one consortium.


January 3, 2020
Step one application available
​February 6, 2020
​Step one application due
Step two application available
​February 14, 2020
​Step two eligible applicants notified
​April 16, 2020
​Step two application due
​April 17, 2020 to May 8, 2020
​Subgrant review and award process
May 11, 2020
​Award notification
​May 18, 2020
​First funding allocation dropped

Two-Step Application Process

The CLSD subgrant application is a two-step process.  Priority will be given to applicants including a majority of schools with at least 50% low income students in elementary and 40% low income students in secondary.

Eligible Applicants may express interest by completing and submitting two forms:

  • K-12 subgrant step one application form
  • School identification and needs assessment form (Must specifically address the needs of underserved or disadvantaged learners)

Note: Only complex areas and consortia of complex areas meeting the eligibility requirement via this step one application will be eligible to submit a step two application.

Submit an ELECTRONIC copy of the completed form to

Applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. HST on February 6, 2020


  • January 16, 2020 (10:00am to 11:30 am)
    • Agenda (includes WebEx information)


Applicants with an approved initial application will be invited to submit a full proposal. Key components of the full proposal include:

  • Hire and support a qualified Literacy Coordinator for the CLSD Project;
  • Create and implement an evidence-based Comprehensive Literacy Plan;
  • Enhance and improve literacy outcomes for all students;
  • Provide literacy interventions - especially those that target lagging subgroups of students;
  • Provide cultural literacy supports including bi-literacy/dual language support;
  • Provide parent and family literacy supports and engage families in supporting their childrenʻs literacy development;
  • Provide job embedded and targeted professional development focused on areas of need in literacy;
  • Analyze data and assessment results to determine progress, monitor change, communicate results, and inform program evaluation;
  • Participate in the local and national evaluation processes.

Applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. HST on April 16, 2020

Media Coverage

  • Talk Story with Dr. K, Multilingualism and the Literacy Grant [VIEW]
  • Honolulu Star Advertiser: Grant awarded to boost literacy for Hawaii keiki.

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