Big changes are coming to New York City public schools this September to help students learn and love to read, Mayor Eric Adams and Schools Chancellor David Banks announced Tuesday.
Hizzoner and the chancellor unveiled the “NYC Reads” campaign, a single and universal curriculum in early childhood programs through the fifth grade and include staff training and support. Adams and Banks stated that literacy is the city’s “core focus and overriding priority of New York City’s public schools.”
Literacy and reading comprehension is the number one priority for New York City’s public school students, both Adams and Banks said. They see the NYC Reads program as an effort to strengthen student literacy and reading instruction in the city’s elementary schools and early childhood programs — with the goals of reversing declining reading levels, and having every student reading at their appropriate grade level by the third grade.