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 
  • 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.

CLSD subgrant recipients were announced on June 26, 2020 here.

Contact Information

Lisa Nagamine

Phone: 808-305-9700



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