Hofmeister celebrates national recognition of Oklahoma’s certification requirements in the ‘science of reading’

OKLAHOMA CITY (August 9, 2018) – The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) today released Strengthening Reading Instruction through Better Preparation of Elementary and Special Education Teachers, a report that examines all 50 states’ and the District of Columbia’s teacher certification requirements to ensure teacher candidates are prepared in the science of reading. Oklahoma was one of only eleven states that require both elementary and special education teacher candidates to demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the science of reading as part of the standard certification process. The science of reading refers to a body of research on brain organization and development that offers insights into how children build reading skills. It’s worth noting that Oklahoma expects the same demonstration of knowledge for early childhood certification as well. “This recognition is evidence of Oklahoma’s commitment to provide well-trained educators who have proven competency in the science of reading and who have the ability to foster strong literacy skills in our youth,” said Joy Hofmeister, State Superintendent of Public Instruction. “Literacy opens the door to learning and is the foundation for a successful education. By investing in teacher quality, we’re not only ensuring effective reading instruction, but comprehension in all subject areas." View more information and download the NCTQ report.
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Last updated on August 9, 2018