The Middle School Quality Initiative (MSQI) supports schools in developing literacy in young adolescents, ultimately preparing them for success in high school and college.
MSQI began in January 2012 as a partnership with the City Council Middle School Taskforce and is now part of the NYC DOE’s Office of Interschool Collaborative Learning. The MSQI team partners with school-based staff to increase the overall percentage of eighth grade students who graduate reading on or above their grade level. MSQI serves as the city's implementation plan for putting the Carnegie Reading Next report recommendations into action by providing school-based literacy coaching, workshops for teachers and leaders, interschool site visits, and other resources. These recommendations are incorporated into the framework for MSQI’s targeted work of strengthening literacy practices and better preparing grade-level readers in New York City middle schools. The project has been guided by a vision for literacy reform described in Reading Next and put into practice by a team of committed and experienced literacy leaders in the city. There are 130 schools participating in MSQI in 2017-2018.
MSQI In Action
The MSQI program helps schools implement a research-based adolescent literacy framework for improving reading comprehension rates in New York City middle schools by providing resources, professional development, and ongoing site-based coaching. Watch the following video to learn more about MSQI and the pillars on which MSQI is based.
Information about applying to the 2018-19 Middle School Quality Initiative will be here soon! If you have any questions, please contact MSQI@schools.nyc.gov.