Skip to main content

About READ

READ JAX is a community-wide initiative that aspires to a future where all Duval children are reading at or above grade level by the end of 3rd grade. READ JAX is also part of the Florida Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.

An alarming number of children—about 65 percent nationwide and more than 75 percent from low-income families—were not reading proficiently by the third grade. Research shows that the third-grade milestone is pivotal. By third grade, reading struggles are strongly linked to later school difficulties, as well as behavioral infractions, depression, and/or negative peer relationships. Equally distressing, research indicates that 74 percent of children whose reading skills are less than sufficient by third grade are less likely to graduate from high school. As a result, these children could lack the skills for success in career and life. 

The 2020/2021 Florida State Assessment (FSA) results revealed that 46% of 3rd grade students in Florida did not score on grade level for literacy. Locally, the results of the 2020/2021 FSA revealed that 52% of 3rd grade students in Duval County did not score on grade level for literacy. Improving literacy for students is a key priority in the Duval County Public School 2021-2026 Strategic Plan.

READ is a one-stop shop for organizations, parents and caregivers, teachers and community members who want to be a part of paving the way to success for Duval County children.