Arkansas CLSD Grant
Successful Outcomes for Arkansas Readers (SOAR)
On October 1, 2019, the Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education was awarded a federal Comprehensive Literacy State Development (CLSD) grant from the US Department of Education. The Division is required to subgrant no less than 95 percent of the award to eligible subgrantees. At least 15 percent of the grant funds must serve children from birth through kindergarten entry; 40 percent must serve students in kindergarten through grade 5; and 40 percent (split equitably) must serve students in middle and high schools.
The purpose of the CLSD is to award subgrants that advance literacy skills and development. These skills include preliteracy skills, reading, and writing for all children from birth through grade 12. The name of the subgrants awarded to LEAs was changed from CLSD Grant to the Successful Outcomes for Arkansas Readers (SOAR) Grant.