TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV — Many third graders in the region are getting high scores for reading, but others are among the lowest in the state.
Students in Calhoun, Liberty and Leon Counties scored above the state average in Florida Standards Assessment testing, including 61 percent of students in Leon County.
Leon County Superintendent Jackie Pons says it’s not just their reading programs that help to produce high scores.
“We don’t want reading to be some type of activity that they feel like they have to do,” Pons told WCTV. “We want our students, when they go home at night, to find a book and sit down and read with their mom, their dad, their uncle, their friend, and want to read, love to read, and be a lifelong reader.”
The numbers painted a different story for Jefferson County where only 30 percent of its students scored average or above.
That puts Jefferson County last in the state for reading scores.