50 per­cent of eighth-graders are de­fi­cient in read­ing skills

The Covington News - - LOOKING BACK -


Com­pen­satory Ed­u­ca­tion is needed to aid Ge­or­gia youths in catch­ing up to their grade lev­els.

Nearly 37 per­cent of Ge­or­gia’s fourth grade stu­dents are one or more years be­hind the na­tional norms in their skill read­ing, and by the eighth grade, this num­ber has grown to over 50 per­cent.

With­out in­creased at­ten­tion and in­di­vid­u­al­ized in­struc­tion, th­ese chil­dren will fall fur­ther and fur­ther be­hind, fail re­peat­edly and even­tu­ally drop out of school into an over­bur­dened job mar­ket with no mar­ketable skill.

The cost of sev­eral years of com­pen­satory ed­u­ca­tion is mi­nor com­pared to the life­time costs of main­tain­ing th­ese low-achiev­ers who re­peat grades in school, re­quire wel­fare or end up in pris­ons.

The com­mit­tee’s rec­om­men­da­tions in­clude com­pen­satory ed­u­ca­tion in grades three through 12; iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of all stu­dents’ skills through achieve­ment tests; a com­pre­hen­sive eval­u­a­tion of the phys­i­cal, psy­cho­log­i­cal and ed­u­ca­tional com­po­nents and readi­ness tests; and stud­ies to de­ter­mine the num­ber of stu­dents not cov­ered by ex­ist­ing fed­eral funds so an­nual funds can be granted to each sys­tem.


Things don’t seem to change. Gov­ern­ment is con­stantly try­ing to find ways to im­prove ed­u­ca­tion.

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