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Reading Scholarship Accounts


Reading Scholarship Accounts are available for students in grades 3 through 5 who are enrolled in a Florida public school and scored below a Level 3 on the grade 3 or grade 4 statewide, standardized English Language Arts assessment in the prior school year.

Due to the cancellation of all statewide assessments for the 2019-2020 school year, 2020-2021 Reading Scholarship eligibility has expanded to the below, priority ordered, categories:

1) Students in grades 3 through 5 who are enrolled in a Florida public school and were a Level 1 or 2 on their most recent FSA/ELA or in 2019-2020 identified with a substantial deficiency in reading based on their most recent available screening and progress monitoring assessment and are classified as an English Language Learner (ELL) enrolled in a program or receiving services that are specifically designed to meet the instructional needs of ELL students;

2) Students in grades 3 through 5 who are enrolled in a Florida public school and were a Level 1 or 2 on their most recent FSA/ELA or in 2019-2020 identified with a substantial deficiency in reading based on their most recent available screening and progress monitoring assessment

 3) Students in grades 3-5 who are enrolled in one of Florida’s 300 Lowest Performing Elementary Schools in 2018-2019,

4) Students in grades 3-5 who are enrolled in one of Florida’s elementary schools that earned a D or F school grade in 2018-2019.

Memo Superintendents

Reading Scholarship Eligibility Notification Form - Spanish (PDF)

What is the amount of a Reading Scholarship Account?

For the 2020-2021 school year, the amount of the scholarship is $500 per eligible student.

How do I apply for a Reading Scholarship Account?

To apply for funding, a parent must submit an application to an eligible scholarship funding organization directly.

For the 2020-21 school year, Step Up For Students will be the only Scholarship Funding Organization administering this scholarship program.

The eligible expenditures for reimbursement are:

  • Instructional materials.
  • Curriculum;
  • Tuition and fees for part-time tutoring services. The services shall be provided by a person who holds a valid teaching certificate pursuant to s. 1012.56, F.S.; a person who holds a baccalaureate or graduate degree in the subject area; a person who holds an adjunct teaching certificate pursuant to s. 1012.57; or a person who has demonstrated a mastery of subject area knowledge pursuant to s. 1012.56(5);
  • Fees for specialized summer education programs designed to improve reading or literacy skills; and
  • Fees for after-school education programs designed to improve reading or literacy skills.

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