At the end of the 2016 school year, 62% of students in New York City public schools were not meeting grade-level proficiency standards on the New York State literacy exams.
This is not an unsolvable problem.
At Literacy Trust, we believe that education is a basic civil right, and access to high-quality literacy instruction is possible for all children regardless of their race, ethnicity, family's socio-economic status, gender identity, or housing status.
We know that improving literacy rates means a more equitable New York City.
In addition to our program offering, we work with principals, teachers, paraprofessionals, school aides, and parents to identify literacy needs and meet them.
This spring we will lead a conference specifically designed to support paraprofessionals in navigating their unique role in their school communities and better advocate for their schools and their students.
Stay tuned for our developing advocacy and public policy work.