Lexile Measures Underscore States’ “International Literacy Day” Activities

Today, two states—Florida and North Carolina—are observing International Literacy Day and National Literacy Month by encouraging educators, librarians and families to use Lexile measures to help all readers strengthen their literacy skills.

In Florida, Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp will celebrate International Literacy Day as part of the Florida Departments of Education’s and Environmental Protection’s recognition of September as National Literacy Month. With over 20 percent of the state’s adults experiencing literacy issues that impact their families and their lives, Florida Literacy Month aims to help family members of all ages improve literacy skills to help build self-sufficiency. 

The event will also highlight “Find a Book, Florida”, a free online book search that the Education Department is re-launching this school year to help students create personal reading lists that best complement their reading abilities and interests. The Department first introduced the book search in June to support its summer reading program. It was so successful that Florida topped the list of all “Find a Book” users over the summer months.

In North Carolina, State Superintendent June Atkinson is observing International Literacy Day and National Literacy Month by reminding the state’s educators and parents about Lexile measures and “Find a Book.” Similar to Florida, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction added “Find a Book” to its summer reading program to help students select books that are well-matched to their reading levels and interests. The state’s “READ NC” program produced similar results as Florida, making North Carolina the second highest user of “Find a Book” this summer.


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