An advance copy of a sweeping report on the city school system released to NY1 by the
Education Funders Research Initiative lists six priorities the authors say will help every student get ready for college or a career.
Among them are more resources to help schools meet the new federal standards of the Common Core and co-operation among schools in the same neighborhood.
However, researchers who appeared on NY1's "Road to City Hall" Wednesday said their top priority is early literacy.
"Ninety-one percent of kids who read proficiently in third grade graduate on time," said Shawn Morehead of New York Community Trust.
"But it's really the kids who are not succeeding in the early years, if we can make a change for those children, those are the ones who will then succeed rather than falling behind," said Ronna Brown of Philanthropy New York.
The report will be released Thursday.
The importance of pre-kindergarten is also mentioned - one of the key issues in Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio's election platform.