The Why

A mother reading to her daughter outdoors
 

The following statistics, along with many others, drive the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading community partners to work toward solutions to ensure the success of our children.

 

3rd Grade Reading Proficiency

% of students scoring satisfactory on the Florida State Assessment (FSA) — or earning at least a level 3 score on the five-level exam. This means students are reading as they should based on state standards.

County 2016 2017 2018 2019
Charlotte 57% 66% 63% 69%
DeSoto 35% 31% 29% 34%
Manatee 47% 50% 49% 51%
Sarasota 68% 71% 68% 70%

Chronic Absenteeism*

% of students missing 21 days or more of the school year

County 2013–14 2014–15 2015–16 2016–17 2017–18
Charlotte 6.35% 7.45% 7.58% 9.11% 10.5%
DeSoto 12.51% 12.93% 14.38% 13.08% 14.6%
Manatee 12.8% 13.1% 12.32% 9.47% 11.5%
Sarasota 6.1% 6.8% 6.79% 7.55% 7.1%

Number of Children Living In Poverty

County 2014 2015 2016 2017
Charlotte 4,681 5,064 5,162 4,046
DeSoto 2,840 2,817 2,817 2,505
Manatee 14,980 16,455 14,321 11,868
Sarasota 11,135 10,322 10,529 8,780

Number of Children Enrolled in VPK – 3rd Grade

2018 – 2019 School Year

 

County VPK Kindergarten Grade 1 Grade 2 Grade 3
Charlotte 515 1,074 1,140 1,015 1,025
DeSoto 161 359 354 408 491
Manatee 1,311 3,438 3,626 3,581 4,013
Sarasota 469 2,815 3,095 3,123 3,241

2019 Florida Kindergarten Readiness Screener (FLKRS) Results

Number of Test Takers Number Ready for Kindergarten Percentage Ready for Kindergarten
Charlotte 975 518 53%
DeSoto 346 95 27%
Manatee 3,331 1,656 50%
Sarasota 2,693 1,512 56%