The CSU received the second half of a $1 million gift from the Bank of America Foundation to expand the university's efforts in the Governor's Elementary Reading Initiative, which enhances collaborations among K-12 schools and university partners to improve students' reading achievement.

"Two years ago, the Bank of America Foundation made an extraordinary commitment to literacy efforts in Southern California," said Chancellor Reed. "I want to thank the Bank of America Foundation for its generosity and commitment to this important educational initiative."

During the 1999/00 academic year, the first half of the grant was used to broaden the impact of the reading initiatives in Southern California. So far, the Governor's Reading Initiative has helped more than 6,000 teachers add to their expertise in teaching reading. In addition, students in second and third grades have made greater improvements on the SAT-9 test than any other grade level in the state.

With the first installment of $500,000, the CSU was able to: link faculty expertise with K-3 reading instructional goals; expand service areas of the project; connect community resources more closely with the Governor's reading goals; and collect data on schools with successful student achievement in reading.

26 January 2001

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