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Governor Hochul Reveals Back to Basics Plan – Aimed to Improve Reading Proficiency

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As part of Governor Kathy Hochul’s 2024 State of the State, the governor revealed her Back to Basics plan, which will improve reading proficiency within the state. The plan will transition the state to reading instruction which will teach students skills they need to become proficient readers.

The Governor plans to introduce the legislation early this year. Additionally, Hochul will propose $10 million in state investments that will train 20,000 teachers in Science of Reading instructional best practices, and an expansion of SUNY and CUNY micro-credentialing programs for teachers focused on the Science of Ready.

“Reading is the foundation of our education system, but New York State is currently not meeting basic reading proficiency levels,” Governor Hochul said. “We cannot continue to allow our kids to fall further behind by utilizing outdated and discredited approaches to reading comprehension. Our Back to Basics initiative will reset how schools approach reading, returning to scientifically proven techniques. Along with investments in teacher training programs, we are tackling this issue head on to make sure our teachers and kids are set up for success.”

In a release, the Governor’s Office says having the ability to read by the third grade is an important indicator of a student’s future success and those who do not achieve proficiency by the end of third grade are then four times more likely to drop out of school.

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