Delivering Well Prepared Teachers Policy
The state should ensure that new elementary teachers know the science of reading instruction.
Pennsylvania requires teacher preparation programs to address the science of reading. Programs must provide training in the five instructional components of scientifically based reading instruction: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.
As of April 2, 2012, the state will require the Pennsylvania Educator Certification Test (PECT) for grades PK-4. This will be a modular test that will report a specific score for the science of reading.
PK-4 Guidelines http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/gateway/PTARGS_0_123236_893942_0_0_18/Prek4Guidelines.pdf 4-8 Guidelines http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/gateway/PTARGS_0_123236_588882_0_0_18/4_8ProgramGuidelines.pdf Testing Requirements http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/testing_requirements/8638
Monitor new assessment to ensure rigor.
Pennsylvania will need to monitor this new assessment to make sure it really is rigorous and an appropriate measure of teachers' knowledge and skill of effective reading instruction.
Pennsylvania was helpful in providing NCTQ with the facts necessary for this analysis.