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Literacy Initiative

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) and Board of Regents are committed to ensuring that every student has access to high-quality instruction and to fostering a culture of reading and writing excellence across the state.  Literacy is the cornerstone of academic success; therefore, the Department is examining state requirements related to literacy instruction and developing a P-20 literacy initiative to ensure that teachers are equipped with the knowledge and skills prepared to provide effective instruction to all students that is grounded in research, culturally responsive, and aligned with evidence-based practices.  

Literacy is a foundational skill for 21st-century learners. In fact, being a proficient reader, writer, and communicator has an impact on a student’s entire education and their life beyond. NYSED is working to ensure all students have the resources they need to be successful in literacy and life, no matter their learning differences. All students deserve the opportunity of a high-quality education that allows them to thrive.

NYSED understands the critical role that literacy plays in shaping the future of individuals and communities. The literacy resources on this site provide educators, parents, and community members information on best practices and strategies to enhance literacy instruction.

Literacy Curriculum Review Guide

On June 5, 2024, the New York State Education Department hosted a webinar on the release of the new K-3 Literacy Curriculum Review Guide. The Guide is designed for optional use by districts and schools in selecting high-quality K-3 literacy curricula and curricular materials designed to meet the needs of all students, including English language learners and students with disabilities. In New York State, all curriculum decisions are made at the local level.