Suncoast Summer Reading Challenge Results

The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading partnered with summer camp providers and summer learning academies to encourage reading and help reduce the “summer slide.”

Summer is a time of great inequity for young people. During the summer, many young people and their families lose access to critical support that keeps them safe, healthy, and engaged in learning. Research shows that children from asset-limited families can lose two months or more of reading skills over the summer, and children who do that consistently can wind up two years behind their classmates by the end of sixth grade. This decline is called the “Summer Slide.”

In 2019, the Suncoast Summer Book Challenge, funded by The Patterson Foundation, engaged with 97 summer providers from Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota counties to encourage children to read at least six books during the summer months. Students who participated in the Suncoast Summer Book Challenge received a brightly colored silicone bracelet for every book they completed.

8,709 children participated in the Suncoast Summer Book Challenge, with 6,876 completing the challenge by reading at least six books. In total, they read 198,570 books!

SCGLR obtained aggregate performance data for 86 summer providers who worked with elementary school-aged children for at least four weeks during the summer months. These children took an i-Ready diagnostic test in the spring of 2019 (AP3) and an i-Ready diagnostic test in the fall of 2019 (AP1), allowing SCGLR to compare their scores for an indication of a summer reading gain or loss.

The Data

  • Of the 8,709 students who participated this year, 35% had reading skill gains, while another 39% lost some skills and 5% lost more than two months of proficiency (some were unscored). The National Summer Learning Association reports that low-income children typically lose two to three months in reading over the summer months.

SCGLR is proud to congratulate the sites below that had zero learning loss or experienced reading gains during the summer.

Participating Site Average Summer Learning Gain.
Note: 0 equals staying the same, which means no learning loss.
The Imagination Station Learning Center 2+ Months Learning Gain
Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County – Arcadia Club 2+ Months Learning Gain
Catholic Charities Casa San Juan Bosco 2+ Months Learning Gain
The School District of Desoto County Community Buses 2 Months Learning Gain
Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County – Lee Wetherington 1.5 Months Learning Gain
YMCA Sarasota ESJ/Y –Reading 1.5 Months Learning Gain
Anna Maria Oyster Bar – Dive Into Reading at The Bishop Museum of Science & Nature 1.25 Months Learning Gain
Laurel Civic Association Inc. 1.25 Months Learning Gain
Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources – Woodmere Park Day Camp 1.25 Months Learning Gain
CCPS Summer Reading Camp 1 Month Learning Gain
City of Sarasota Parks and Recreation Department – Robert L Taylor Community Complex 1 Month Learning Gain
School District of Manatee County – EDEP Kinnan Elementary Summer Camp 1 Month Learning Gain
SKY Family YMCA Englewood YMCA 1 Month Learning Gain
SKY Family YMCA – SKY Academy YMCA – Englewood 1 Month Learning Gain
SKY Family YMCA Venice YMCA Gymnastics Camp 1 Month Learning Gain
SKY Family YMCA Venice YMCA/SKY Family YMCA 1 Month Learning Gain
YMCA Sarasota Frank Berlin/Y-Reading 1 Month Learning Gain
Centers For Success, Inc 1 Month Learning Gain
Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County Gene Matthews Club .75 Month Learning Gain
Neil Armstrong Elementary School .75 Month Learning Gain
Summer Learning Academy Emma E. Booker Elementary .75 Month Learning Gain
Summer Learning Academy Gocio Elementary .75 Month Learning Gain
Boys & Girls Club of Manatee County Daughtrey Elementary .5 Month Learning Gain
Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County Robert and Joan Lee Club .5 Month Learning Gain
Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County Roy McBean .5 Month Learning Gain
Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Bee Ridge Park Day Camp .5 Month Learning Gain
Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Colonial Oaks Park Day Camp .5 Month Learning Gain
SKY Family YMCA Imagine Charter .5 Months of Learning Gain
City of Sarasota Arlington Park and Aquatic Complex .25 Months of Learning Gain
Educational Consultants Consortium, Inc. Anna Gayle Center .25 Months of Learning Gain
Anna Maria Oyster Bar - Dive Into Reading Landside 0 Months of Learning Loss
Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County Newtown Estates Club 0 Months of Learning Loss
City of North Port Parks & Recreation GMAC Summer Camp 0 Months of Learning Loss
Girls Inc. 0 Months of Learning Loss
SKY Family YMCA Bayfront YMCA 0 Months of Learning Loss
SKY Family YMCA Franz Ross YMCA 0 Months of Learning Loss
Summer Learning Academy Brentwood Elementary 0 Months of Learning Loss
Summer Learning Academy Cranberry Elementary 0 Months of Learning Loss