Delivering Well Prepared Teachers Policy
The state should ensure that new elementary teachers know the science of reading instruction.
Idaho requires that teacher preparation programs for elementary teacher candidates address the science of reading.
Prior to initial licensure, candidates must pass the Idaho Comprehensive Literary Assessment, which includes phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, writing, and assessments and intervention strategies.
Idaho Code 33-1207A IDAHO STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION (IDAPA 08, TITLE 02, CHAPTER 02) http://www.sde.idaho.gov/site/teacher_certification/literacy.htm
Ensure that the state's reading assessment adequately measures skills related to the science of reading instruction.
Although the state is commended for requiring teacher preparation programs to address the science of reading, it should consider being more explicit about its requirements for fluency and vocabulary, especially because an independent source has not confirmed that Idaho's test is rigorous enough to ensure that its elementary teacher candidates are adequately prepared in scientifically based reading instruction before entering the classroom
Idaho recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.