One of the proposed casualties in the administration's list of budget cuts are the district's 10 FTE of reading intervention specialists. The reading intervention specialist positions (mostly .5 FTE each in the district's elementary schools, I believe) were established several years ago to identify elementary school children who were reading below grade level, and to provide more intensive support to them to help them catch up to their grade level.
In my opinion, this is extremely important work. Probably the most important thing that schools can do is make sure that students read well.
So my question is this: Is the reading intervention program working? Is it pulling kids up to grade level?
I know that we don't have a research study set up, with cases and controls, but if those at-risk students were not catching up before, and they are now, then we can likely attribute the success to the reading intervention specialists.
And if they are succeeding, where we have not before? This is not a cut that I want to consider.
And if they are not succeeding? Then we should have cut that program in any case (and probably we should have cut it earlier), with or without any budget cut discussions.
Is this program working? Shouldn't that be part of the discussion?