Students Rise to the Summer Reading Challenge

Newsela’s Summer Reading Challenge aims to help parents, teachers, and students combat summer slide — the phenomenon where, in the absence of homework and class time, kids lose gains made over the school year. Last year’s Challenge was a stride in the right direction: thousands of articles were read by students all around the country. But this year’s Summer Reading Challenge really blew us away.

More than a million articles were read by over 100,000 students in all 50 states and abroad. The cities with the most SRC participants were New York, Chicago, San Jose, Newark, and Indianapolis, respectively. New York had the most by far with more than 15,000 students participating.

Check out the following infographic to get an inside look at the 2015 Summer Reading Challenge. Be sure to scroll to the bottom to see which states and grades topped the SRC.


Congratulations to all our readers. We’re proud of you! 

Did your kids participate in the Summer Reading Challenge? Share your SRC story with us on Twitter @Newsela.