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Including young learners in the push for reading reform: The Hechinger Report

The Hechinger Report

What makes a current reading reform effort in New York state more unusual is its emphasis on strengthening the foundational skills of young children well before they reach kindergarten.

February 22, 2024

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Pushing for phonics-based reading instruction: Investigative Post

Investigative Post

Education advocates called on state leaders Tuesday to step up their commitment to phonics-based instruction to address poor reading skills in students across New York. New York remains one of the few states in the country that has not passed legislation focused on the “science of reading” – a phonics-based

January 31, 2024

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LITERACY PUSH: Education advocates are pressuring state and local leaders to take action to boost literacy rates among students: Politico


Education advocates are pressuring state and local leaders to take action to boost literacy rates among students. The New York Campaign for Early Literacy — a new statewide movement of nearly 80 organizations and individuals representing children and families, including parents, students, educators and nonprofits — plans to raise awareness

January 30, 2024

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EXCLUSIVE: Education Trust-NY previews literacy campaign: Spectrum News Capitol Tonight

Spectrum News Capitol Tonight

The Education Trust-NY is launching what it calls “The New York Campaign for Early Literacy” Tuesday at the state Capitol. Capital Tonight received a preview of the campaign, which advocates say is necessary because the state ranks relatively low: 37th in 4th grade reading on the 2022 National Assessment of

January 29, 2024

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Hochul focuses on reading education concerns in State of State address – Spectrum News 1

Spectrum 1

The Education Trust New York says in Rochester, 89% of students are not reading at grade level; in Syracuse, it's 87%; and Buffalo is only doing slightly better, with 76% of students not meeting grade level expectations.

January 10, 2024

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Poor attendance fuels low reading scores: Investigative Post

Investigative Post

Poverty plays a large role in attendance and reading ability, according to experts. “A lot of this is about opportunity gaps; what students have access to, both outside of school and inside of school,” said Jeff Smink, deputy director of The Education Trust – New York, who focuses on the

January 4, 2024

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Gov. Hochul proposes statewide phonics-based reading program, following NYC: New York Daily News

New York Daily News

Gov. Hochul on Wednesday introduced a framework to overhaul reading curriculum across New York State, emphasizing phonics, after New York City officials introduced similar, sweeping changes to literacy education in city elementary school districts.

January 3, 2024