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ERIC Number: ED555548
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jan
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Trends in Teacher Certification: Equipping Teachers to Prepare Proficient Readers
Rowland, Julie
Education Commission of the States
Ensuring that students are reading proficiently by third grade is a key component of keeping students on track to graduate high school and pursue college and careers. Because of the magnitude of this academic milestone, states typically pursue policies that promote early identification and intervention for struggling readers. However, teachers are the most important school-based factor in student success. To ensure that teachers are well-prepared to guide students toward meeting the critical milestone of reading proficiency by third grade, states have begun to require that teacher candidates pass a reading instruction-specific assessment prior to licensure. These assessments address the science of reading instruction and target early childhood and elementary teacher candidates. States are expanding policies that hold teachers and teacher-preparation programs accountable for student success. Requiring rigorous, content-specific assessments prior to licensure is part of a broader trend of holding teachers to higher standards, requiring greater transparency in teacher-preparation programs and modernizing the teaching profession. Fourteen states require teacher candidates to demonstrate knowledge of the science of reading instruction on a stand-alone assessment prior to licensure. Six states use a state or as-yet unspecified test (California, Mississippi, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Virginia). Five states use the Foundations of Reading test (Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Wisconsin). Three states use the Praxis Teaching Reading test (Alabama, Tennessee, West Virginia).
Education Commission of the States. ECS Distribution Center, 700 Broadway Suite 1200, Denver, CO 80203-3460. Tel: 303-299-3692; Fax: 303-296-8332; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States
Identifiers - Location: Alabama; California; Connecticut; Massachusetts; Mississippi; New Hampshire; New Mexico; North Carolina; Ohio; Oklahoma; Tennessee; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Praxis Series