Florida Reads Best
The Florida Education Foundation is working to identify the root causes of Florida’s early grades reading performance and to seek evidenced-based, district- and classroom-supported solutions. Using seed funding from State Farm, the Foundation began a dialog with school district reading leaders, the reading research community and other partners in the grade-level reading effort. Those talks created a combination of the most promising strategies to help every student achieve grade level reading success by 3rd grade, or about age 8. From these initial discussions, the Foundation has created a collaborative of academic and elementary reading leaders rom school districts throughout the state. Higher education partners and early learning partners are also involved. This group has already focused on three areas of promise: educator quality, early years preparation, and community engagement. The Foundation is now seeking thought partners and funding partners to create a sustainable reading infrastructure system, so that every child moves from learning-to-read to reading-to-learn by 3rd grade.