compensatory education


: educational programs intended to make up for experiences (such as cultural experiences) lacked by disadvantaged children

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The agreement also calls for the district to designate an administrator to implement a plan for compensatory education, convene teams to assess whether students were not provided appropriate education and determine the services necessary to remedy deficits. Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times, 28 Apr. 2022 Per Fairfax’s resolution agreement with the department, the district will designate an administrator to oversee the creation and implementation of a plan to provide compensatory education to students with disabilities. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2022 If districts are missing students who qualify for compensatory education funding, that money isn’t available. Emily Donaldson, Dallas News, 31 Oct. 2020 Landin said the Greater Houston Partnership would be focused on preserving HB 3 passed last session, which helped implement literacy programs, compensatory education and teacher incentives. Paul Wedding, Houston Chronicle, 2 Sep. 2020 However, education officials are still looking for guidance from the U.S. Department of Education, and compensatory education (meaning making up for any knowledge or skills lost) could be needed for students receiving special education. al, 24 Mar. 2020 Since 1980 the federal government has spent almost $500 billion (in 2017 dollars) on compensatory education and another $250 billion on Head Start programs for low-income preschoolers. Eric A. Hanushek And, WSJ, 17 Mar. 2019 The boy was awarded 1,200 hours of compensatory education at $60 per hour., 11 Dec. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1965, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of compensatory education was in 1965

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“Compensatory education.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

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