WASHINGTON, D.C. - Michigan will receive a $945,000 grant intended to help middle and high school students become better readers, according to a press release issued this week by the U.S. Department of Education.

Michigan is one of eight states that will receive a "Striving Readers" grant, the release said. The money is intended to help middle schools and high schools that enroll significant numbers of students who are behind grade level in reading and who also come from low-income homes.

Grantees may use the funds for programs that directly assist students with literacy skills, as well as for teacher training or reading assessments. Each program will undergo an evaluation by independent researchers, the press release said.

U.S. Department of Education, "$6.6 Million in Striving Readers Grants Awarded to Help Struggling Readers," Sept. 29, 2009

Michigan Education Digest, "Math scores up, others show minor change," April 3, 2009