How the Reading Scholarship Accounts Work
Is your public school child having trouble reading? If so, the Reading Scholarship can help.
Click here to join the Reading Scholarship Accounts interest list to be notified when we’ll start accepting applications for the 2019-20 school year.
Please note: To complete the Reading Scholarship application, parents will need information from the Spring 2019 Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) report, including the student’s FLEID number. Most Spring 2019 FSA reports are sent to parents during the summer. Please be sure to hold onto the copy when you receive it. If you do not have a copy of your student’s Spring 2019 FSA assessment when it’s time to apply, please contact the Assessment Coordinator for your school district to obtain a copy. Click here to see a sample of this score report.
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.
- Third- through fifth-grade public school students who scored a 1 or 2 on the third or fourth grade English Language Arts section of the Florida Standards Assessment in the prior year.
- 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 Learner students, will receive priority.