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University of California-Irvine is part of a group that received a five-year, $14.6 million U.S. Dept. of Education grant to improve literacy instruction.

The other recipients are Learning Ovations, a software company in Irvine; Digital Promise, a Washington D.C. nonprofit provider of personalized learning; and MDRC, a New York-based nonprofit social policy group that will evaluate the project’s results.

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UCI will be the research lead on the project via its School of Education.

Some 300 schools and 100,000 students in K-3rd grade will be served by the grant and half the schools—many part of Digital Promise’s League of Innovative Schools network—have been identified, a press release said.

The grant is meant, among other goals, to “identify and remove critical barriers” to wider technology-based literacy instruction.”