50 percent of eighth-graders are deficient in reading skills
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.