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Exemplary Reading Program Award

The Exemplary Reading Program Award is sponsored by the International Reading Association to recognize outstanding reading and language arts program at all grad levels (elementary, middle and high schools). Its purpose is to call the public's attention to outstanding programs in schools throughout North America. There is one winning school from each participating state.

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The program has five objectives:

  1. To improve literacy in our society.
  2. To recognize school staffs who demonstrate excellence in reading and literacy programs.
  3. To encourage the development and refinement of exemplary reading/language arts programs.
  4. To report to the public noteworthy efforts to improve reading/language arts.
  5. To disseminate specific information about high quality programs so that other professionals can use it to improve their own instructional efforts.

The criteria for participating are as follows:

  1. All public, private, and parochial elementary and secondary schools are eligible for the award if the school has at least one IRA member.

  2. The school must apply with its entire reading program, not just one segment (i.e., Title I, resource room, library/media, teacher, one grade, and the like).

  3. The fully completed application form must be signed by the chief school officer (e.g., superintendent).

  4. The winning program should serve as a model for other schools and teachers.

  5. A school receiving the award cannot apply again within a period of five years.

  6. A school is not eligible to apply if a current state or provincial council officer is employed in the school.

Applications must be postmarked no later than November 15 and received at IRA Headquarters no later than November 22. Headquarters will then forward applications to the state/provincial Exemplary Reading Program Award Committees for review. A committee, which consists of knowledge reading educators, reviews each of the applications, using the specific criteria and scoring procedures established by IRA. Schools receiving a set point value are visited by representatives of FRA.

The school having the highest rating in each state will be awarded the Exemplary Reading Program Award. IRA will notify each winning school of the honor, and will invite representatives of the school to attend the IRA Annual Conventions, where the awards will be presented. FRA will also honor the winner and all finalists at the FRA Annual Conference.

Exemplary Reading Program Award Winners (through IRA)


2005-2006                   No Applicants Qualified

2004-2005                   Sweetwater Elementary                                  Bay County    

2003-2004                   Oakshire Elementary                                       Orange County

2002-2003                   Forest Grove Middle School                           St. Lucie County                   

2000-2001                   Waller Elementary School                              Bay County

1999-2000                   Pathways Elementary School                         Volusia County

1998-1999                   No Applicants

1997-1998                   No Applicants Qualified

1996-1997                   No Applicants Qualified

1995-1996                   Shingle Creek Elementary School                  Orange County

1994-1995                   Landrum Middle School                                 St. Johns County

1993-1994                   Mariposa Elementary School                          St. Lucie County

1992-1993                   Louise S. McInnis Elementary School            Volusia County

For additional information on IRA grants and awards, contact the Florida IRA State Coordinator or call 1-800-336-READ (7323), extension 226.