Kids Read Now seeks to eliminate the summer reading slide by providing books, tracking technology, and motivation for children, families, schools and communities.
In 2012, an independent study was done in four Kids Read Now districts. The study showed the following:
In Piqua, Ohio, reading scores for students not enrolled in the program dropped an average of 8.4 points in terms of NCE estimates. Students completing the program showed score drops of only 4.2 points.
At one school in Troy Ohio, reading scores for students not participating in the program rose an average of 3.2 points in terms of NCE estimates. Students completing the program showed an average score gain of 8.6 points.
In the summer of 2012, Kids Read Now served over 2,000 exiting third-grade students and gave out over 11,000 books.