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325 West Gaines Street, Suite 514  ·  Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400  ·  Phone: 850-245-0503  ·  Fax: 850-245-9530

Wendy Stevens
Executive Director
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 514
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400

Phone: 850-245-0503
Fax: 850-245-9530

About Us

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

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.

Picture of Commissioner Pam Stewart and Just Read, Florida! Executive Director, Wendy Stevens, and Lady Ann Scott.

Executive Director Wendy Stevens celebrates Read Across America with students in Jackson County at Frank M. Golson Elementary during their "Seussical Celebration!"

Picture of Executive Director Wendy with students.

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!'"

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Florida Statutes and State Board Rules that Provide Authority for Just Read, Florida!

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English Language Arts Standards

Presently, the standards adopted in 2007, now called the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards in Reading/ Language Arts, are the standards being taught in the classroom and assessed on the FCAT 2.0 Reading Assessment. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English Language Arts, which includes reading standards, were adopted by the Florida State Board of Education on July 27, 2010. In the summer of 2010, the Florida Department of Education convened a state committee to determine if additional content (up to 15%) was needed to satisfy English Language Arts requirements in Florida. Based on the results of this study, in the fall of 2010, the Department recommended no additions be made to the original CCSS adopted in July 2010. There is a phase-in schedule for implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). This school year, Kindergarten will implement these standards. The CCSS are to be fully implemented K-12 by the 2013-2014 school year.


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