Update on credential requirements for Third Grade Reading Guarantee

121232962With the recent passage of House Bill 555, new credentials are required for any teacher providing all or part of the daily reading instruction for students affected by the Third Grade Reading Guarantee. Today, ODE is publishing a guidance document that aims to clarify understanding of this requirement. You can find it here.

12 thoughts on “Update on credential requirements for Third Grade Reading Guarantee

  1. I have my National Board Certification in Early and Middle Childhood Literacy. I would like to know why this certification is not recognized under the new guidelines.

    • As you can see on the document linked to this page that there are four ways in law that teachers can use meet the credential requirements for the Third Grade Reading Guarantee (summarized here):
      1. A reading endorsement;
      2. A master’s degree in reading or literacy;
      3. A rating of “above value-added” for the last two school years; or
      4. A credential from an ODE- approved scientifically research-based reading instruction program.

      A credential like National Board Certification would have to fall under the fourth option. The approved list for these programs is not complete at this time, but it will be released in spring 2013. If a National Board Certification meets the requirements for the list, it will be included.

      • As long as your master’s degree contains the words ‘reading’ or ‘literacy’ in the degree name or on the transcript as the major area of study, specialization or concentration, your degree satisfies the requirements.

  2. The state should provide ways and means for teachers to get the correct credentials quickly. This is confusing to my principal and supervisor. As a intervention specialist k-3, I am not sure how I will meet the reading goals on ,my students IEPs under these new guidelines.

    • An IEP operates independently of a Reading Improvement and Monitoring Plan. Therefore, goals on both can be shared, but should identify specific needs based on reading (Reading Improvement and Monitoring Plan) and other IEP goals based on the specific needs targeted within the language of the IEP.

  3. This is a foolish law. We tried the “4th grade reading guarantee” in the 1990’s. After one year, the state realized it was not realistic. Now, the state government, in its so-called infinite wisdom, is now giving us a third grade reading guarantee. The chances this law will work are the same as the Browns winning the Super Bowl.

  4. How is this fair for any teacher? Not even one year to complete this. I think teachers are very willing, but to get this in one year without sufficient money and time is ridiculous. Our daughter is in her first year as an intervention specialist. We just spent $80,000 on a degree and in within a year it is worthless. We are talking quite a bit of money to pick this up. Teachers are trying to do the right thing and they are very willing to do the right thing. You just keep changing the rules. What a shame!

  5. I graduated in 2008 with my P-3 License and P-3 Reading. Since graduating, I haven’t been able to find a job. I am currently back in school working on my masters in special ed. Thanks to this new law, I will once again be taking MORE classes and spending MORE money that I do not have. $70K in loans and no job to pay for them and now I am told I am no longer qualified to teach which means another year without a job!!!

    • The general definition of co-teaching involves two qualified individuals jointly delivering instruction to a group of students. These individuals may have the same or different areas of expertise. Commonly, inclusion classrooms incorporate a general education teacher and special education teacher. However, some districts use intervention specialists during periods of the day to support learning within the general education classroom. This is different from a “pull-out” experience in which students receive instruction separately from their peers in order to meet individual of group needs.

  6. I have taught third grade reading for twenty years, NOW, because of this new law, I am not qualified to teach reading. I have seen many ideas come and go and many of them did not work so they were tossed. Teachers can and do make good decisions in regard to HOW to teach each of their students. Why do the lawmakers of this state decide what’s best for our students when they don’t have a clue as to what we do everyday?

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