Ensuring Every Student Becomes a Skilled Reader

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Ensuring Every Student Becomes a Skilled Reader

Dear New Yorkers: 

Learning to read is one of the most critical milestones in a child’s education, and yet too many students have fallen through the cracks and have not received the support necessary to develop this foundational skill. We’re working hard to remove this barrier…and any barrier to learning to read well.

This school year, we launched a literacy pilot in classrooms across the five boroughs. This first-of-its-kind, comprehensive approach to addressing literacy challenges is designed to identify students who are at risk and provide them with the targeted interventions they need to succeed.  

And on February 9, Assembly Member Robert Carroll and I announced a $100,000 investment in specialized programming for students with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities.

With these funds, PS 107 and PS 295 in Brooklyn’s Community School District 15 will join our innovative Structured Literacy Schools pilot. Educators at these schools will receive in-depth training on evidence-based reading instruction, as well as access to additional expert staff who will provide targeted, small-group instruction in standalone classes for students who are at risk for or diagnosed with dyslexia.

By building on our early successes and scaling our specialized-instruction pilot, our schools are giving our students bright starts…and preparing them for bold futures—as accomplished readers and confident learners.  

Soaring high, 

David C. Banks
Schools Chancellor 


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