Is your public school child having trouble reading? If so, the Reading Scholarship can help.
Because of COVID-19, students did not complete the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) at the end of the 2019-20 school year, which usually determines eligibility for the Reading Scholarship. Your child may not have a score report, but may still qualify for a scholarship.
Scholarships may be used for reimbursement of the following:
- Tuition and fees for part-time tutoring provided by a properly credentialed individual, as outlined in the Reading Handbook.
- Fees for summer education programs designed to improve reading or literacy skills.
- Fees for after-school education programs designed to improve reading or literacy skills.
- Instructional materials and curriculum related to reading or literacy.
- Approved technology items, including laptop computers, desktop computers and tablets.
Program funds are limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Your Child is Eligible If:
They are enrolled in a Florida public school in third, fourth, or fifth grade for the 2020-21 school year, and
- They scored a performance level 1 or 2 on the English Language Arts (ELA) section of the FSA in the 2018-19 school year, or
- They were found during the 2019-20 school year to be deficient in readying based on the latest available screening and progress monitoring assessment, or
- They are attending a school that is on the 2018-19 Florida's 300 Lowest Performing Elementary Schools list, or
- They are attending a school that received a D or F school grade in 2018-19.
Students who are classified as English Language Learners, and who are enrolled in a program or receiving services that are specifically designed to meet the instructional needs of English Language Learners, will receive priority.
How Do I Apply?
To apply online, or for more information, visit StepUpForStudents.org/reading.
About Reading Scholarship Accounts
In 2018, Florida became the first state to offer an education savings account program for students enrolled in public schools. The Reading Scholarship, administered by Step Up For Students, was created to help public school students in third through fifth grade who struggle with reading. The program offers parents access to education savings accounts, worth $500 each, to pay for tuition and fees related to part-time tutoring, summer and after-school literacy programs, instructional materials and curriculum related to reading or literacy.