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Literacy Programs and Related Programs

7010-0033

funding levels adjusted for inflation (CPI)

  • Funding History
  • Description
  • Proposals
Adjusted for inflation (CPI) NOT adjusted
FY19 Sen $2,026,226 $2,026,226
FY18 $2,082,715 $2,036,407
FY17 $1,832,278 $1,753,333
FY16 $2,554,659 $2,400,000
FY15 $2,769,535 $2,584,516
FY14 $3,291,766 $3,050,000
FY13 $4,299,717 $3,922,940
FY12 $4,399,964 $3,947,940
FY11 $4,529,184 $3,947,940
FY10 $4,885,260 $4,175,489
FY09 $7,868,634 $6,659,863
FY08 $9,153,083 $7,640,000
FY07 $10,030,624 $8,072,990
FY06 $9,526,439 $7,472,989
FY05 $7,982,322 $6,033,777
FY04 $7,908,743 $5,803,782
FY03 $11,983,629 $8,604,317
FY02 $31,482,204 $22,117,171
FY01 $33,499,651 $23,125,000
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Between and
Funding for Literacy Programs and Related Programs
77.2%

comparisons adjusted for inflation (CPI)

Notes

  • In FY19, the Senate budget proposes shifting funding from Bay State Reading (7010-0020) into Literacy Programs (7010-0033). MassBudget shifts this funding back for more accurate year-to-year comparisons.
  • In FY19, the Governor's budget proposes shifting funding from English Language Acquisition (7027-1004) and Bay State Reading (7010-0020) into Literacy Programs (7010-0033). MassBudget shifts this funding back for more accurate year-to-year comparisons.
  • Starting in FY16, funding for Reading Recovery (7030-1005) is funded through an earmark in Literacy Programs (7010-0033).
  • Funding for Literacy Programs has shifted among various line items. In some years there are separate line items funding individual programs, and in other years program funding may be consolidated into other larger line items. All of these are grouped together.

* Funding and comparison information includes all line-items listed above. Download the spreadsheet to see funding levels for individual line-items.

The Literacy Programs line item provides competitive grant funds to support projects for literacy planning, instruction, professional development, and student assessment in districts with student skill gaps. These grants support efforts focused on early literacy (Pre-K through 3rd grade) as well as adolescent literacy (4th-12th grade).

Creating a strong foundation for literacy is critical to provide all young people across the Commonwealth a chance to become engaged learners and critical thinkers. Many positive outcomes later in life are linked to literacy early on. These linkages point to the importance of students successfully learning to read in the early grades and in gaining fluency with more complex materials throughout their education across all subjects, including English Language Arts.

In the 2013-2014 school year, the literacy line item provided funding for literacy projects in 368 schools serving 105,850 students, over ten percent of students across the state.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Office of Literacy has identified four priority areas for literacy projects. According to their 2014 legislative report, these focus areas are:

1. Piloting and providing commentary on Department-developed model literacy curriculum units and performance assessments;

2. Designing and implementing innovative summer programs that build content knowledge and strengthen literacy through reading, writing, speaking, listening, using community and cultural resources in science, the humanities, and the arts;

3. Providing intensive professional development for teachers and administrators on reading, analyzing, and writing about complex grade-level texts and developing academic vocabulary; and

4. Writing or revising district literacy plans to reflect the shifts in the 2011 Massachusetts Curriculum Framework for the English Language Arts and Literacy.

Funding for Literacy Programs (7010-0033) was reduced from $2.2M to $1.6M through a mid-year cut of $580,000 to the FY 2017 budget. Funding for the Bay State Reading Institute (7010-0020) was reduced from $400,000 to $133,000 through a mid-year cut of $267,000 to the FY 2017 budget.

Updated December 2016

Adjusted for inflation (CPI) NOT adjusted
FY19 Sen $2,026,226 $2,026,226
FY19 SWM $2,026,226 $2,026,226
FY19 Hou $2,096,045 $2,096,045
FY19 HWM $1,836,045 $1,836,045
FY19 Gov $2,426,226 $2,426,226
FY18 $2,082,715 $2,036,407

Notes

  • In FY19, the Senate budget proposes shifting funding from Bay State Reading (7010-0020) into Literacy Programs (7010-0033). MassBudget shifts this funding back for more accurate year-to-year comparisons.
  • In FY19, the Governor's budget proposes shifting funding from English Language Acquisition (7027-1004) and Bay State Reading (7010-0020) into Literacy Programs (7010-0033). MassBudget shifts this funding back for more accurate year-to-year comparisons.
  • Starting in FY16, funding for Reading Recovery (7030-1005) is funded through an earmark in Literacy Programs (7010-0033).
  • Funding for Literacy Programs has shifted among various line items. In some years there are separate line items funding individual programs, and in other years program funding may be consolidated into other larger line items. All of these are grouped together.

* Funding information includes all line-items listed above. Download the spreadsheet to see funding levels for individual line-items.