Traditionally the teaching of reading has been confined to the primary grades. Awareness of the need to address adolescent literacy has resulted in states incorporating literacy instruction in their secondary-level teacher preparation and certification requirements.
Why does it matter?
|State has strengthened teacher preparation/certification requirements to support adolescent literacy needs|
|District of Columbia|
|Florida||Yes. Just Read, Florida! office is required to work with teacher preparation programs to integrate research-based reading strategies into programs. In addition, the office is to periodically review teacher certification examinations to determine whether the exams measure the skills needed for reading instruction and instructional strategies for teaching reading in the content areas.|
|Idaho||Yes, to be recertified, Title I, special education and K-8 teachers and administrators must take a three-credit course called "Idaho Comprehensive Literacy" or pass a reading assessment measures based on the Idaho comprehensive literacy plan.|
|Louisiana||Yes, legislation requires hours in the teaching of reading to be separated from English courses, and that courses in the teaching of reading emphasize techniques of teaching reading and the correction of student reading problems.|
|Michigan||Yes, in order to advance to a professional certification, a teacher must complete a course of study in the diagnosis and remediation of reading disabilities and differential instruction. The study must include field experience. This study may be completed as part of a teacher preparation program or during the first six years of employment in classroom training.|
|Rhode Island||No, but 2000 legislation established a panel to review (1) the research on how reading is learned and (2) the knowledge and skills teachers need to deliver effective reading instruction. The panel's findings were used to develop a statewide reading success institute for educators.|
|Texas||No, however reading-related provisions of 2007 legislation direct the commissioner of education to establish teacher academies for teachers providing reading instruction for students in grades 6-8 by June 1, 2008. Attendance in a reading academy is required for all teachers of reading in grades 6-8 on campuses rated academically unacceptable based on reading assessments.|