50 State Scan on Strengthening Reading Instruction
August 24, 2018

“Teaching children how to read is arguably the most important job of both elementary and special education teachers.” The opening of a new resource from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) lays out the importance of reading instruction preparation, and assesses all 50 states and the District of Columbia’s requirements for evidence-based licensing exams.

Currently, just over a third of teacher preparation programs nationwide include evidence-based methods of reading instruction. However, states can encourage broader use of these methods through a strong licensing test of evidence-based methods of early reading instruction, along with an annual review of teacher candidates’ passage rates on these tests.

NCTQ’s Databurst, Strengthening Reading Instruction through Better Preparation of Elementary and Special Education Teachers, finds that 11 states require a sufficient test of the science of reading for both elementary and special education teacher candidates, with California’s Reading Instruction Competence Assessment as one of the leading reading tests in the nation.

To find out more about your state’s requirements for elementary and special education teacher candidates and to read more about NCTQ’s recommendations, check out the new databurst.


Eric Eagon

Eric is PIE Network's Senior Director, Educator Voice and Policy

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