ERIC Number: ED264534
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Oct
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An Investigation of the Reading Specialist in Louisiana.
Decker, Barbara C.
To learn more about reading specialists (such as job requirements, certification, and opportunities) in Louisiana, a brief, one-page questionnaire was mailed to all principals of elementary schools in the state with a student population of over 400, to personnel directors of every parish in the state, and to directors of certification in all 50 state departments of education. Results of the survey showed that over one-third of the elementary schools had no teachers with reading certification, while 29% had only one reading specialist; most principals think there are many more jobs requiring specialist certification than personnel directors say actually exist; and only five parish personnel directors reported positions that were required to have reading specialist certification. Although almost half of the state certification directors indicated knowledge of positions requiring certification as a reading specialist in their state, there appears to be very little consistency in the requirements for reading specialist certification in the United States. Since Louisiana has the highest rate of illiteracy in the United States, the following steps should be taken by individual parishes: (1) Require all curriculum coordinators and instructional specialists to have completed or be working on the reading specialist requirement; (2) Assign one supervisor, trained as a reading specialist to coordinate reading programs; and (3) Require a reading specialist certification for anyone whose job is defined as teaching reading 50% or more of each day. (DF)
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Identifiers - Location: Louisiana