The state should ensure that new elementary teachers know the science of reading instruction.
Massachusetts requires elementary teacher candidates to pass its own Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) Foundations of Reading test, which is based on the state's standards and addresses the core areas of scientifically based reading instruction. The state's focus on ensuring that teachers know the science of reading results in one of the nation's best policies regarding teacher preparation in the critical area of reading instruction.
Massachusetts also requires teacher candidates in early childhood education, those who teach students with moderate disabilities and those who teach the visually impaired to pass its reading exam.
603 CMR 7.04(2) http://www.mtel.nesinc.com/PDFs/MTELobjs_newfld90.pdf
Massachusetts recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.