Florida Practice Profiles

The Florida Department of Education’s Practice Profiles clearly define the best practices of core reading instruction in a way that is teachable, learnable, doable, and assessable in practice. These practice profiles are research-based, aligned to effective reading instruction, and related to Florida’s Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking (B.E.S.T.) Standards.

Review the practice profiles below. Each includes the definition and an example of accomplished use and ineffective use for five profiles: explicit instruction, systematic instruction, scaffolded instruction, corrective feedback, and differentiated instruction. Videos of instructional examples for “accomplished use” in the classroom are also provided for the profiles.

For more information about practice profiles, visit https://www.fldoe.org.

Assessment is the process of collecting data to determine the strengths and weaknesses of each student and to guide next steps for instruction. Assessment can inform instruction because it provides information about important foundational reading skills. Assessment may be formal or informal and is conducted through a variety of methods: record reviews, interviews, observations, and testing.

Collecting informal assessment data throughout the school year helps to determine how to plan instruction, how to group students for small-group instruction, which students need individual support, and whether instruction is meeting students’ needs. There are three types of formative assessments that are typically used to inform instruction: screening, progress monitoring, and formative diagnostic tests.

Research has identified features of effective instruction that work in combination and are the basis of high quality reading instruction. Effective instruction includes a scope and sequence and is systematic, explicit, scaffolded, and differentiated. These features of effective instruction benefit all students. 

This infographic is a quick reference guide containing evidence-based practices that can impact learning that teachers can use daily to support effective instruction.