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 raised in low-income households 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 2018, the Suncoast Summer Book Challenge, funded by The Patterson Foundation, engaged with 83 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.

5,369 children participated in the Suncoast Summer Book Challenge, with 4,915 completing the challenge by reading at least six books. In total, they read 126,787 books!

SCGLR obtained aggregate performance data for 69 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 2018 (AP3) and an i-Ready diagnostic test in the fall of 2018 (AP1), allowing SCGLR to compare their scores for an indication of a summer reading gain or loss.

The Data

  • 43 (62%) of the summer locations participating in the Suncoast Summer Book Challenge experienced no loss of reading skills over the summer.
  • 28 (41%) of the summer locations participating in the Suncoast Summer Book Challenge experienced an increase in their reading skills over the summer, with 5 locations gaining more than 1.5 months of reading skills.
  • 54 (76%) of the summer locations participating in the Suncoast Summer Book Challenge gained reading skills, stayed even, or lost only .5 months of reading skills.
  • 66 (96%) of the summer locations participating in the Suncoast Summer Book Challenge gained reading skills, stayed even or lost 1 month or less of reading skills.

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

County Participating Site Average Summer Learning Gain.
Note: 0 equals staying the same, which means no learning loss.
MANATEE YMCA Parrish Branch 2 Months Learning Gain
MANATEE YMCA Harllee Summer Camp 1.5 Month Learning Gain
SARASOTA SCS SLA – Alta Vista 1.5 Month Learning Gain
SARASOTA SCS SLA – Brentwood 1.5 Month Learning Gain
SARASOTA SCS SLA – Glenallen 1.5 Month Learning Gain
CHARLOTTE EduCare Learning Center 1 Month Learning Gain
MANATEE Tallevast Community Center Inc. 1 Month Learning Gain
SARASOTA Boys & Girls Club of Sarasota County – Newtown Estates 1 Month Learning Gain
SARASOTA Girls Inc. 1 Month Learning Gain
SARASOTA SCS SLA – Emma E. Booker 1 Month Learning Gain
SARASOTA SCS SLA – Lamarque 1 Month Learning Gain
CHARLOTTE Meadowpark Elementary School Charlotte County Public Schools 0.5 Month Learning Gain
MANATEE Anna Gayle Center 0.5 Month Learning Gain
MANATEE Manatee County Parks & Rec at John H. Marble Recreation Center 0.5 Month Learning Gain
MANATEE YMCA Lakewood Ranch Branch 0.5 Month Learning Gain
MANATEE Rubonia Community Center/D.L. Randall Foundation 0.5 Month Learning Gain
SARASOTA Sarasota County Parks & Recreation – Longwood 0.5 Month Learning Gain
SARASOTA Boys & Girls Club of Sarasota County – Lee Wetherington 0.5 Month Learning Gain
SARASOTA Boys & Girls Club of Sarasota County – Roy McBean 0.5 Month Learning Gain
SARASOTA Sarasota County Parks & Recreation – Colonial Oaks 0.5 Month Learning Gain
SARASOTA Robert L. Taylor Community Complex 0.5 Month Learning Gain
SARASOTA YMCA – Evelyn Sadlier Jones 0.5 Month Learning Gain
SARASOTA SCS SLA – Atwater 0.5 Month Learning Gain
SARASOTA SCS SLA – Cranberry 0.5 Month Learning Gain
SARASOTA SCS SLA – Gocio 0.5 Month Learning Gain
SARASOTA SCS SLA – Tuttle 0.5 Month Learning Gain
SARASOTA SCS SLA – Wilkinson 0.5 Month Learning Gain
SARASOTA Better Tomorrows/Janies Garden 0.5 Month Learning Gain
CHARLOTTE Boys & Girls Club – Charlotte County 0 Months of Learning Loss
MANATEE Anna Maria Oyster Bar – Ballard & Rogers Garden at South Florida Museum 0 Months of Learning Loss
MANATEE Anna Maria Oyster Bar – Daughtrey at Landside 0 Months of Learning Loss
MANATEE Boys & Girls Club of Manatee County – Oneco 0 Months of Learning Loss
MANATEE Boys & Girls Club of Manatee County – Rogers Garden – Bullock Elementary 0 Months of Learning Loss
MANATEE Just For Girls West 0 Months of Learning Loss
MANATEE Manatee County Parks & Rec at G.T. Bray Park 0 Months of Learning Loss
SARASOTA Boys & Girls Club of Sarasota County – Gene Matthews 0 Months of Learning Loss
SARASOTA Sarasota County Parks & Recreation – Arlington 0 Months of Learning Loss
SARASOTA Sarasota County Parks & Recreation – Bee Ridge 0 Months of Learning Loss
SARASOTA Sarasota County Parks & Recreation – Woodmere 0 Months of Learning Loss
SARASOTA Sky Family YMCA – Englewood 0 Months of Learning Loss
SARASOTA YMCA – Frank G. Berlin, Sr. Branch 0 Months of Learning Loss