Revamped Reading Program Launches Across New York City Public Schools

Revamped Reading Program Launches Across New York City Public Schools

Following the conclusion that public schools have been teaching reading incorrectly for decades, New York City is revamping the way it teaches reading and introducing phonics to kids.

At a presentation in Brooklyn on Tuesday morning, Mayor Eric Adams, Banks, and other school officials introduced the concept.

Instead of utilizing more conventional techniques like using graphic cues to identify words, schools will now adopt one of three curricula that use phonics, which teaches how to decode letter sounds.

The program will commence in September for half of the districts, and in 2024 for the other districts.

“‘New York City Reads’ is a historic curriculum shift in the largest school district in the nation that will bring proven science-of-reading and phonics-based methods to all of our public-school students, starting with our early childhood programs and our elementary schools,” Adams said in a statement released ahead of Tuesday’s rollout. “We owe it to our young people, and we owe it to our educators who have been working hard to teach without access to the right tools. Through this campaign, New York City is finally setting up our students and teachers for success.”

For schools where more than 85% of kids are proficient readers—a standard that only around 20 schools reach—waivers to opt-out will be taken into consideration.

In grades, three through eight, around half of the city kids are struggling readers.

Children who are Latino, black, or low-income do significantly worse.

Mayor Eric Adams speaks at the NYC schools reading program:

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