Areas of Focus
Reading proficiency is at a national crisis. Nationally, two-thirds of children are reading below grade level in fourth grade: 80 percent for low-income children and 81 percent for Latinos, who are disproportionately more likely to be lower income and English-language learners.
The Get Georgia Reading campaign was formed to address this problemand a statewide collaboration of more than 100 public and private partners designed to create the conditions necessary to get every child reading by 2020.
Emily de Ruy interviewed HHS Center co-director Dr. Julie Swann on the valuable role of an engineering approach in solving complex problems such as failing reading proficiency levels when evaluating a range of contributing factors such as "affordability, accessibility, and availability." Issues often include absences due to poor health, school suspensions based on harsh zero-tolerance policies, or limited access to adequate nutrition.
The State of Georgia originally stated that it wanted to increase reading proficiency to 60% by 2015- while this has not happened yet, campaign head Arianne Weldon believes it is possible. To read more about the campiagn and Georgia Tech's contribution to the ongoing studies, visit: http://www.nationaljournal.com/next-america/education/how-georgia-uses-engineers-increase-reading?mref=landing-big.