A Unique Approach

The Get Georgia Reading Campaign recognizes that literacy is much more than an education issue. Low achievement in reading is a systemic crisis that calls for innovative solutions to complex issues.

We learned that our efforts to change long-term outcomes and consequences must begin early—long before children enter kindergarten. We looked at some of the root causes for why a child might not be reading.

This exploration encompassed early brain development and the power of verbal interactions with infants and toddlers, attendance in preschool and grade school, summer learning loss, and the influence of health on all aspects of early learning and development.

Our investigations revealed that far too many children in Georgia lack access to quality health care, housing, nutrition, and early care and learning services and supports. And far too many children experience the trauma of stress and violence in their homes and neighborhoods, inhibiting their ability to learn and grow.

We hope these relevant data points indicating factors affecting children’s ability to read proficiently will help you, your organization, and your community.

After you review this data, we hope you continue your exploration of the statewide and local factors that affect young children’s literacy development and lifelong success, beginning with the data provided by these Campaign partners:

  • Georgia KIDS COUNT: Georgia Family Connection Partnership compiles current, reliable data on child well-being in each of our state’s 159 counties, reporting year-to-year data highlights, trends, and disparities to inform planning, budget, and policy decisions regarding priorities, services, and resources that impact Georgia’s children, families, and communities.
  • Governor’s Office of Student Achievement Report Card and Georgia School Reports: The Report Card includes school-, system-, and state-level reports providing detailed data on a wide range of student achievement and demographic indicators for every public school in the state. The School Reports include A-F letter grades for each school based on school performance, performance on state tests, the makeup of the student body, and graduation rate.
  • Online Analytical Statistical Information System (OASIS): The Georgia Department of Public Health developed this suite of tools to obtain tables, maps, and charts of a variety of public health indicators. These indicators in each tool are selectable by a variety of population, disease, and survey characteristics.

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This data and analysis was compiled and developed under the leadership of the Campaign’s Data and Evaluation Subcommittee that’s comprised of research, data, and evaluation specialists at a number of public and private entities in Georgia: Atlanta Regional Commission, Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL), Emory University, Georgia Department of Education, Georgia Division of Family and Children Services, Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (GEEARS), Georgia Family Connection Partnership, Georgia Institute for Technology, Governor’s Office of Student Achievement, and Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education.