2011 Delivering Well Prepared Teachers Policy
The state should ensure that new elementary teachers know the science of reading instruction.
In its reading standards pertaining to what early childhood, elementary and middle school teachers must know, Tennessee 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.
Tennessee also requires all new elementary, middle and special education teacher candidates to pass a reading pedagogy test, the Praxis "Reading Across the Curriculum," which covers the five components of reading.
Tennessee recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.