FAQs about Foundations of Reading Test Requirement

Educators who will seek an early childhood (grades preK-3), middle childhood (grades 4-9), intervention specialist or early childhood intervention specialist educator license that will be issued on or after July 1, 2017, must pass the reading test titled Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE) 090, Foundations of Reading. This test is an examination of the principles of research-based reading instruction. It is aligned with the reading competencies adopted by the State Board of Education under state law

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General Questions

    Who has to take the new reading test?

    All teachers seeking one of the following teaching licenses with issue dates of July 1, 2017, or later must pass the new reading test. Licenses are: 

    • Early childhood education (grades preK-3);
    • Middle childhood education (grades 4-9);
    • Intervention specialist: early childhood;
    • Intervention specialist: mild/moderate;
    • Intervention specialist: moderate/intensive;
    • Intervention specialist: hearing impaired;
    • Intervention specialist: visually impaired; and
    • Intervention specialist: gifted.

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    What does the new reading test cover? Where can I find related information and study materials?
    Find the Foundations of Reading (OAE 090) test framework, study guide and practice test materials on the Ohio Assessments for Educators website

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    Do I have to report my new reading test scores to the Ohio Department of Education or to my institution of higher education?
    Pearson’s Evaluation Systems group, which provides the Ohio Assessment for Educators, will send your test scores automatically to the Ohio Department of Education. You also may request Pearson to send your test scores to your college or university at the time you register for the test. 

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    Does passing the new reading test qualify me as a highly qualified teacher?
    Please refer to the 2017-18 HQT Toolkit for your specific needs. 

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    Does passing the new reading test qualify me for a reading endorsement?
    No. To obtain a reading endorsement, an individual must hold a teaching license, successfully complete an approved reading endorsement program and pass the Ohio Assessments for Educators for Reading (038 and 039).

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    ​If I completed my teacher preparation degree out of state, do I need to take the new reading test?
    Yes, you do have to pass the Foundations of Reading test (Ohio Assessments for Educators 090).

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    I have questions about being qualified to teach reading to retained third-grade students or those students required to have improvement plans per the Third Grade Reading Guarantee. Where can I find more information?
    A teacher of a third-grade student who has been retained or is on a reading improvement plan according to the Third Grade Reading Guarantee must have at least one year of teaching experience (or be mentored by a qualified teacher) and must meet at least one of the qualifications outlined in state law as noted in this guidance manual. Please read pages 13-14 of the manual and direct any questions to your district or email thirdgradeguarantee@education.ohio.gov. Also see guidance for teachers of split classrooms posted here.
     

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    What does “issued on or after July 1, 2017” mean?
    The issue date is the date the Ohio Department of Education issues the credential after verifying all eligibility requirements. If the Department issues the credential before July 1, 2017, applicants will follow the existing requirements for the credentials they are requesting. If the issue date is after July 1, 2017, passage of Foundations of Reading (090) will be among the eligibility requirements for the affected credentials. 

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    ​How long does it take to issue a license? By what date should I submit a license application if I want it be issued before July 1, 2017?
    The Ohio Department of Education cannot guarantee a specific issuing date, however, we recommend that candidates submit their applications with all pertinent information at least 60 days before the desired issue date. The processing time for licenses is generally five to seven business days. However, the time needed varies, depending upon the complexity of the application and whether the applicant submits all required information upon the initial submission. A candidate may prepare for the application process in advance by making sure he or she has a SAFE account with a current email address and a valid background check.
     

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    Is the issue date the same as the effective date?
    No. The issue date is the date the Ohio Department of Education issues the credential request after verifying all necessary information. The effective date is the first day of the effective year, which begins on July 1.
     

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Last Modified: 10/5/2017 3:41:05 PM