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Definition of Insanity

April 26, 2017



...doing the same thing(s) and yet...


It is estimated that 4.24 million babies are born each year in the US.


Problem: 34% of children entering kindergarten lack the basic language skills needed to learn how to read.

Solution: From the womb we must be very careful about the words that we utter in the presence of these precious gifts (children). At this stage it is very important that the parent(s) understand their role in assisting their child with this process. The first 5 years of your child's life is critical to learning! Surround them with good books. 


A student who finishes 2nd grade without being able to read has only a 1 in 4 chance of reading at grade level by the end of elementary school.

The current approach to reading failure is remedial, not preventative, forcing students to evident failure before receiving help.

35% of children with reading disabilities drop out of school at a rate that's twice that of their classmates.


We often hear that "prisons use 3rd grade reading scores to predict the number of prison beds they'll need", While this statement has been denied by many reporters and "fact checkers" as being untrue there is an undeniable connection between literary skills and incarceration rates. You see, a student not reading at his or her grade level is 4 times less likely to graduate high school. Those who drop out of high school are 63 times more  likely to be incarcerated than college graduates and you start to see how many arrive at this conclusion.


Problem: 2/3 of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare. Over 70% of America's inmates cannot read above a 4th grade level. 1 in 4 children in America grow up without learning how to read. 66% of all US fourth graders scored below the most basic level.


Solution: Children who are read to at home have a higher success rate in school. College Planning TODAY Services campaigns daily by offering services to parents, schools and the community to get children reading. CPS promote books at each grade level of the program. CPS gladly work with other organizations to get books in front of children.


More than 40% of 4th grade students performed below basic levels on the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP)


Children who do not learn to read constitute approximately 17% of the population and comprise more than 50% of the special education population. 


Parents must read to their children because it stirs a desire to want to learn and appreciate an education. 



Recent initiatives have led to a steady increase in 4th grade reading scores since 1999. This has not led to an increase in the literacy levels of 13 and 17 year olds.  Why do middle school readers struggle? The problem is not that they can’t read, but rather that they struggle with comprehension.


Problem: Middle school students need to be taught the discipline-specific reading strategies needed to read in the content areas. In the late 1990s, the need for literacy strategies to be taught across the content areas was highlighted, along with the belief that adolescent readers needed general comprehension strategies that they could then apply a