Delivering Well Prepared Teachers Policy
The state should ensure that new elementary teachers know the science of reading instruction.
In its standards for elementary teacher preparation, Virginia 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.
Virginia also requires pre-kindergarten, elementary and special education teachers to pass the Virginia Reading Assessment. This test is aligned with the English Standards of Learning for Virginia Public Schools and the National Reading Panel's five essential components of effective reading instruction. Reviews have rated this test as one of only a small number in the country that actually verifies a teacher candidate's knowledge in scientifically based reading instruction.
8VAC20-542-110 http://www.va.nesinc.com/VA6_overview.asp Stotsky, S. (2006). Why American Students Do Not Learn to Read Very Well: The Unintended Consequences of Title II and Teacher Testing. Third Education Group Review 2, No. 2; Rigden, D.W. (2006). Report on Licensure Alignment with the Essential Components of Effective Reading Instruction. Washington, DC: Reading First Teacher Education Network.
Virginia recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.