Fort Worth ISD is a more intense form of public education than many people are use to. Consider this: every student in taking special education classes has a different set of needs. It is up to the diagnosticians, teachers, administrators and volunteers working with the children to ensure that the child reaches his or her potential. These caring professionals evaluate the child’s abilities, strengths and weaknesses and input from the parents when creating an educational plan for the student.
Students in special education classes range from vision, hearing and speech issues to specific learning and developmental disorders. Some issues that cause the child’s educational placement can be traced to environmental issues. All the while, the people who work with FWISD special education students goes to great length to overcome the issues that work any student reaching potential.
Primarily, basic literacy and math are the most important things in helping children reach their individual potential. Reflect upon these statistics to understand why some things will work with one child and not another.
- Several years ago, children were passed from one grade to another without the basic knowledge they should be learning. This was an extreme disservice to students and many were needlessly labeled retarded or “unteachable.” Today’s information shows that those same people are concerned about their child’s education now.
- 3.8 million people in Texas need the services of an adult education program, but only 100,000 are being served. FWISD wants to bring the entire family to literacy and will help to guide adults toward their goal.
- Individual dropout numbers cost Texas $9.6 Billion annually (source: United Ways of Texas) which comes from school funding. This gives FWISD more reasons to correct the problem.
- Adult low literacy can be connected to almost every socio-economic issue in the United States. More than 60 percent of all state and federal corrections inmates can barely read and write.
- FWISD joins parents in the concern they feel for their child’s future.
- 85% of all juveniles who interface with the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate (source: National Assessment of Adult Literacy, 2003).
- Correctional populations report lower educational attainment than do those in the general population (source: Bureau of Justice Statistics).
- As the education level of adults improves, so does their children’s success in school (source: National Institute for Literacy).
- Helping one child become literate will pay forward and help others.
- Raising literacy and number knowledge for people who need a second chance for education is more important to economic growth in Fort Worth or anywhere else than producing more highly skilled graduates (source: in the 2005 C.D. Howe Institute Commentary, “Public Investment in skills: Are Canadian Governments Doing Enough?” by Serge Coulombe and Jean-Francois Tremblay).
- Workers 18 and over with a bachelor’s degree have a better respect for the education that brought them to where they are.
- People with a bachelor’s degree earn an average of $51,206 a year, while those with a high school diploma earn $27,915; those without a high school diploma average $18,734 (from U.S. Census Bureau, 2005).