Policy Documents

How to Address Common Core's Reading Standards

Sandra Stotsky –
May 29, 2013

Licensure tests ensure that new teachers possess the basic content knowledge needed for professional practice. Stand-alone licensure tests in reading are important because most education schools don’t offer the reading methods courses teachers should have before beginning their careers. The purpose of this report is to provide information to state legislators, boards of education, and departments of education in states that have adopted Common Core national education standards, on why they should adopt a stand-alone and comprehensive reading licensure test addressing Common Core’s reading standards. Instead of telling states what test to adopt, the author describes the features they should consider before they decide on a test that prospective teachers should be required to pass if the state does not already require a reading test adequately addressing all of Common Core’s reading standards.