Mission Accomplished

The following ACTION was passed by a unanimous vote of the Maryland State Board of Education. The following is the text of the proposal by the Maryland State Department of Education 




PURPOSE: Recommend that a separate reading test be required for the initial certification of Early Childhood, Elementary Education , ESOL, and Special Education Teachers (birth-grade 3, grades 1-8, and grades 6-12)

ISSUE: Maryland does not currently require a separate foundations of reading test; instead it is an option to be used in lieu of the literacy/reading coursework.


TEACHING READING: Elementary Education ( 5205 available July 1, 2019)

  • Focuses on the knowledge and skills a beginning teacher must have to support reading and writing development.

  • Uses the five essential components of effective reading instruction as identified by the National Reading Panel:        phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency , and comprehension.

  • Assesses understanding of the science of teaching reading and the relationship between reading skills and writing    instruction since receptive and productive literacy are interrelated.

  •  Acknowledges multiple approaches to pedagogy used in tandem with  content.




REQUIRE: A separate reading test for the initial certification for all Early Childhood, Elementary Education, ESOL, and Special Education Teachers ( birth-grade 3, grades 1-8, and grades 6-12)

ADOPT: New Teaching Reading : Elementary Education ( 5205) Assessment

Effective: July 1, 2019

Qualifying Score: To be determined after April 2019 Multi-state Standard Setting Study

Require ( if #5205 is not available): Current Teaching Reading: Elementary Education (5203)

Effective: July 1,2019

Qualifying Score: 162