Back to Basics Reading Plan

Back to Basics Reading Plan

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Improving Reading Proficiency for New York Children

Governor Hochul’s 'Back to Basics' reading plan ensures that students in every school district are taught the foundational skills they need to become proficient readers. The improved curriculum will use instructional best practices grounded in the Science of Reading to improve the reading comprehension of New York's students. 

By September of 2025, all school districts will need to certify with the State Education Department (SED) that their curriculum, instructional strategies, and teacher professional development align with all elements of the evidenced-based reading instruction.

'Back to Basics' Plan Details

Implementing Best Practices
The 'Back to Basics' reading plan, included in the FY 2025 Enacted New York State Budget, ensures that instructional best practices are implemented statewide.
Training Educators
The FY 2025 Budget includes $10 million to train 20,000 teachers in Science of Reading instructional best practices.
Expanding SUNY & CUNY Programs
The FY 2025 Budget expands SUNY and CUNY Microcredential Programs to ensure the next generation of educators are well prepared.

Unveiling the ‘Back to Basics’ Plan

Governor Hochul speaks to children at the Watervliet School Library
Back to Basics Reading Plan
Back to Basics Reading Plan
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Science of Reading

Evidence-Based Approach
The Science of Reading relies on cognitive research that unpacks how students process phonics and the relationship between language and the written word.
Instructional Best Practices
The Science of Reading is in line with the nation's accepted best practices. More than 30 states have transitioned to a 'Back to Basics' approach rooted in the Science of Reading.
Best-in-Class Academic Research
The Science of Reading takes a holistic approach to reading instruction involving phonics, phonemic awareness, decoding, vocabulary, and comprehension.

Reading as the Foundation of Education

More Education Investments

Learn about other education investments and initiatives in the FY 2025 Enacted New York State Budget. You can also review the entire FY 2025 New York State Budget.