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Between 2013 and 2022, 30 states and the District of Columbia had passed laws or implemented policies on reading instruction. These laws typically prescribe pre- and in-service training to ensure that teachers are equipped with an understanding of the science of reading and the skills to apply this understanding to instruction. But simply requiring more training is not sufficient. Teachers need comprehensive support to improve students’ literacy.

State boards of education can provide this holistic support through better teacher preparation standards in early literacy; professional development guidance; high-quality literacy coaches and other support professionals; and a one-stop-shop strategy that aids teachers in aligning curriculum, instruction, and their professional development with the science of reading. Boards can advocate for funding for early childhood educators to receive this support as well. …

Teachers Need Multifaceted Support to Improve Literacy

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