ADHD In South Carolina Soars
South Carolina ranks among the top five states in the nation in the percentage of children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) – and the numbers are getting worse.
Nearly one in six South Carolina children between the ages of four and seventeen has been diagnosed with this psychiatric disorder. That’s a whopping 56.9 percent increase over the last decade, according to a study released this week by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (and based on data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control).
South Carolina easily outpaces the national average of 11 percent – which grew from 7.8 percent in 2003.
Frankly, this is yet another reason why our government-run “one size fits all” education monopoly is such a categorical failure – it simply cannot meet the needs of a growing segment of the student population.
Who is meeting these needs? Schools accountable to the marketplace: Like this one … and this one … and this one. Schools which could be succeeding wildly if South Carolina were only to embrace reforms
This data is a call to action for state lawmakers and S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley. Our state’s leaders must make the expansion of South Carolina’s limited special needs education tax credit (passed on a provisional basis this year) one of their top priorities in 2014.