Students entering third grade for the first time on or after July 1, 2013, who have been retained or are on a reading improvement plan must have a teacher with at least one year of teaching experience.
Additionally, the teacher must meet one of the following qualifications required in law:
Holds a reading endorsement on the teacher’s license;
Completed a master’s degree with a major in reading;
Has “above expected” rating for value added in reading instruction for the most recent, consecutive two school years;
Earned a passing score on a rigorous test of principles of scientifically research-based reading instruction; information about the test can be found here:
Rated “most effective” for reading instruction consecutively for the most recent two years based on approved assessments of student growth;
Holds an alternative credential approved by the department or has successfully completed a department-approved training for reading instruction; or
Holds an educator license for teaching grades pre K-3 issued on or after July 1, 2017.
A teacher, other than the student’s teacher of record, may provide any service required by the guarantee. This teacher must have the qualification requirements and the approval of the teacher of record, who is the student’s classroom teacher, and the school principal.
Beginning July, 1, 2017, all educators licensed for grades pre-K-3 or 4-9 will pass a rigorous exam of reading instruction identified by the department.
Teachers in Split Classrooms
Properly licensed teachers for students retained in third grade and placed in Grades 3-4 split classrooms - This guidance explains the various types of credentials that qualify an educator under the law to teach these split classes.
Last Modified: 7/29/2015 8:43:35 AM