Foundations of Reading
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Foundations of Reading

The Foundations of Reading assessment is aligned with scientifically based reading research for Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Middle Childhood Education, and Special Education teacher licensure candidates.

Why Foundations of Reading?

The Foundations of Reading assessment focuses on development, instruction, and assessment of reading. It covers the essential components of reading development and best practices in reading instruction and assessment as identified by reading research.

Authentic classroom-based scenarios

Candidates can demonstrate their abilities to make evidence-based instructional decisions by applying knowledge of reading development, instruction, and assessment.

Breadth of content

The Foundations of Reading assessment addresses the full range of knowledge to teach reading.

Depth of content

Candidates must demonstrate knowledge of assessment, differentiation, and intervention with respect to each component of reading to address all students’ needs for reading instruction.

Aligned with:

  • Current, convergent research on reading instruction and assessment

  • International Literacy Association Standards for Reading Professionals — Elementary Classroom Teacher Candidates

  • International Dyslexia Association Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading — Classroom Educators

  • National Reading Panel findings*

  • National Literacy Panel on Language-Minority Children and Youth findings

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*The National Reading Panel defines scientifically based reading research (SBRR) as research that "applies rigorous, systematic, and objective procedures to obtain valid knowledge relevant to reading development, reading instruction, and reading difficulties."