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
TEACHING READING : ELEMENTARY 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.