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Volume 13, Issue 4 (1984)

Psychological Assessment: Tasks and Time

pp. 499—502

The number of children referred for psychological evaluation and consultation each year continues to increase in Georgia. In 1979an estimated 40,000 students were referred.By 1980 this number had increased to about 44,000. Undoubtedly, similar increments in demand for service are occurring in every state as the full impact of PL 94-142 and the interest of parent groups in educational services for handicapped children continue to grow. Adding to the demand is the increasing commitment to improve the basic literacy,vocational and social skills of all students.Unfortunately, a commensurate increase in available school psychology staff in past years has not materialized. Ramage (1979) reported that the national average of school psychologist-to-student ratio improved from about 1:4,000to 1:3,000 in the period between 1970 and 1976, a significant but hardly sufficient improvement. She observed that the prevailing opinion of school psychologists was that the ratio should be less than 1:2,000 although no hard evidence was given to support this level of staffing.

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