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). On September 7, 2001, Governor Jeb Bush signed Executive Order 01-260 (PDF) designating Just Read, Florida! as a comprehensive and coordinated reading initiative. Florida Statute 1001.215 Charged with establishing reading as a core value in this state, Just Read, Florida! was launched with the unequivocal goal of every child being able to read at or above grade. With that goal in mind, Just Read, Florida! focuses on three main components; student success, educator quality and parent support.

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New Worlds Reading Initiative

The New Worlds Reading Initiative is a FREE Florida literacy program for K-5 public or charter school students currently reading below grade level. Thanks to the support and investment of the Florida Legislature, this statewide book delivery program is a collaborative effort with the Florida Department of Education, school districts and other local and state organizations, and the University of Florida Lastinger Center. Don't miss the chance to discover more about the New Worlds Reading Initiative.

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Third Grade Guidance

With the goal of every student reading on grade level, Florida law specifies reading requirements for third-grade students and promotion to fourth grade. Visit this page for more information on legislation, State Board of Education rules and other available resources.

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Reading Endorsement

Aiming to provide all teachers the opportunity to become highly qualified in the area of reading, the Just Read, Florida! office spearheaded the Reading Endorsement certification which was approved by the State Board of Education in 2011.

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The Progress Monitoring and Reporting Network (PMRN) is a web-based data management system for recording and reporting student data from the Florida Assessment for Instruction in Reading aligned to Florida Standards (FAIR-FS) for grades 3-12. Public schools may utilize PMRN to monitor students' progress in reading.

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