Just Read, Florida!
Just Read, Florida! is the statewide reading initiative that prioritizes reading in Florida's public schools and among all the community groups and volunteer organizations that support them. Just Read, Florida! is based on the latest reading research that includes emphasis on phonemic awareness (knowing that words are made up of sounds), phonics (the link between sounds and letters), vocabulary (what words mean and how to say them), fluency (the ability to read words accurately and quickly), and comprehension (the ability to understand what you read).
2015 Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!
Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida is an annual event during which students, teachers, administrators, parents and volunteers all celebrate the tremendous success Florida's students have accomplished over the past decade. To learn more visit, 2015 Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!
New! Florida Assessments for Instruction in Reading - Florida Standards
Registration for the Florida Assessments for Instruction in Reading aligned to Florida Standards (FAIR-FS) on the Progress Monitoring and Reporting Network version (PMRN v4) is now open!.
The Progress Monitoring and Reporting Network (PMRNv4) is a web-based data management system for recording and reporting student data from the Florida Assessment for Instruction in Reading (FAIR-FS) test. The primary function of PMRN is to provide easily accessible and reliable information to Florida educators about their students' progress in learning to read.
- New! - Superintendent, District Personnel, and Principal SSO/PMRN Access
- Progress Monitoring and Reporting Network v4.0
- Florida Assessments for Instruction in Reading v 4.0 (FAIR-FS) and Florida Kindergarten Readiness Screener (FLKRS)
- Florida Assessments for Instruction in Reading v3.0 (Classic) (2009-July 2014)
Commissioner Pam Stewart and Just Read, Florida! Executive Director Wendy Stevens thank First Lady Ann Scott for her continued support of literacy in our state. During the 2014 Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!, First Lady Scott visited multiple schools, shared words of encouragement to students, and presented at awards ceremonies and kick-off events, all to bring attention to this important skill - literacy.
Executive Director Wendy Stevens celebrates Read Across America with students in Jackson County at Frank M. Golson Elementary during their "Seussical Celebration!"
Florida Students Surpass 2014 Reading Goal
- Students read more than three million more minutes than anticipated -
Tallahassee, Fla., January 30, 2014 - Schools across the state are celebrating student reading success. Students and teachers committed to reading more than 33 million minutes combined on January 13 as part of the 6th annual Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!'s Million Minute Marathon. With a final total of reading more than 35 million minutes, students shattered the 2013 record of nearly 30.1 million minutes - a number allowing them to surpass the original goal for this year.
"This achievement proves students and teachers in Florida can get excited about literacy," said Florida First Lady Ann Scott. "I hope teachers and parents use this momentum to instill a lifelong love of reading in children across the Sunshine State."
"Children who learn to enjoy reading are proven to be more successful in the classroom, making them more likely to graduate high school, college and career ready," said Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart. "I want to thank our teachers for taking the time to participate in the Million Minute Marathon and Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! in an effort to foster the love of reading in our students."
An estimated 1.2 million students from 59 school districts and three early learning coalitions participated in the competition. Students were encouraged to read an extra 20 minutes during the day beyond their regular schoolwork in celebration of literacy. The program is used as a tool to motivate students to find enjoyment in reading. They are allowed to choose a book, magazine, blog site or newspaper article that interests them to rack up their minutes.
"The results from this year's Million Minute Marathon prove that our Florida students can rise to a challenge," said Just Read, Florida! Executive Director Wendy Stevens. "The overwhelming participation confirms the Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida's theme, 'Reading Accelerates Success!'"
Florida Statutes and State Board Rules that Provide Authority for Just Read, Florida!
1011.62, Florida Statutes
- State Board Rule 6A-6.053 K-12 Comprehensive Research-Based Reading Plan (PDF Amended 4-21-11
- State Board Rule 6A-6.054 K-12 Student Reading Intervention Requirements (PDF) Amended 4-16-13
- State Board Rule 6A-4.0163 Reading Endorsement Competencies (PDF) Amended 10-25-2011
- State Board Rule 6A-5.090 Content Area Reading Professional Development and Next Generation Content Area Professional Development (PDF) Amended 4-21-11
- 1008.25, Florida Statutes
- New! Language Arts Florida Standards Quick Reference Guide (PDF)
- 2014 Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! PSA Contest Winners
- Announcing the Just Read, Florida! 2013 Literacy Leaders
- Secondary Reading Placement Chart (PDF) Revised 2013-14
- Literacy League: Podcasts Now Available
- New Reading Endorsement
- Recently Revised State Board Rules
- Read to Learn booklet for parents of Florida’s third grade students (PDF)
- Third Grade Progression Technical Assistance Paper (PDF)
- 2014 Hispanic Heritage Month Recommended Reading List
Florida Assessments for Instruction in Reading - Florida StandardsRegistration for the Florida Assessments for Instruction in Reading aligned to Florida Standards (FAIR-FS) on the Progress Monitoring and Reporting Network version 3 (PMRN v3) is currently closed. The PMRN v4 will reopen on August 15, 2014.
Language Arts Florida StandardsThe current Language Arts Florida Standards were approved by the State Board on February 18, 2014. The standards may be viewed at http://www.fldoe.org/core/fileparse.php/7539/urlt/lafs.pdf (PDF). These standards include the amended changes. Please note that the grouping of rows about the same standard are separated by solid black lines.
If you have trouble accessing these files please contact the Office of Communications at 850-245-0413 or .
- Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! PSA Contest Information (PDF, 149KB)
- Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! PSA Contest Entry and Release Form (RTF, 281KB)
- For Teens, by Teens
- Sunshine State Young Reader's Award Program
- Parent Resources
- Read to Learn (PDF)
- FCAT Explorer
- Beginning Reading: Practical Ideas for Parents (PDF)
- Promote Literacy Skills
- No Child Left Behind: A Parents Guide
- Reading Requirements for Students with Disabilities (PDF)
- Information about Career And Technical Education Reading (CATER) (PDF)
- Florida K-12 Reading Walk Through Tools for Administrators
- Reading Endorsement
- Summer Reading Camps
- Literacy Essentials and Reading Network (LEaRN)
- Just Read, Florida! Paperless Memos
- State Board Rules
- Elementary Resources
- Secondary Resources
- Professional Development Resources
- Studies and Research
- Striving Readers State Literacy Plan (PDF)
- International Reading Association
- Florida Association for Media in Education
- Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR)
- Florida Reading Association (FRA)
- Secondary Reading Council of Florida
- Florida Reading Initiative (FRI)
- Florida Literacy Coaches Association
- Florida Book Awards
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