We’re not addressing the #1 cause of illiteracy in our nation which is dyslexia. Teachers aren’t being trained, there’s not enough budget for professional development, teachers don’t know how to recognize dyslexia, and they don’t know what to do to help these specific struggling readers.
As a result, students are acting out in bad behavior, dropping out of high school, and going to prison. Two-thirds of the students not achieving grade-level reading by 4th grade will end up in prison or on welfare. This impacts all our communities!
65.9% of students have lowered self-esteem, they start acting out in bad behavior, they drop out of high school, go to prison, even commit suicide! It doesn’t have to be this way!
85% of juveniles in our Juvenile Court System are illiterate. I saw this when I taught at Camp Rocky and Camp Paige in California.
66% of prison inmates can’t read beyond a 4th-grade level.
Research reports that when students fail to reach grade-level reading by 4th grade and rarely catch up! Two-thirds of this population will end up in prison or on welfare!
Our national reading scores ranked by National Association of Educational Progress (NAEP) reflect that we are below proficient (C-) and dropping in spite of over $700 billion spent on education AND in spite of National Mandates to assess for dyslexia and provide intervention by the 2017-2018 school year. (AB1369 in California, ED Code 56335). California is among the lowest states in the United States and Los Angeles is among the lowest in California.