The final report of a study of teacher preparation in early reading instruction describes pre-service teachers' perceptions about the content of their training programs and summarizes their scores on an assessment of their knowledge of the essential components of reading instruction, as defined in the Reading First legislation.
The pre-service teachers were surveyed and assessed in the spring/summer prior to their graduation. Key findings include:
The report, Study of Teacher Preparation in Early Reading Instruction, uses data collected from 2,237 pre-service teachers in a nationally representative sample of 99 institutions that prepare teacher for initial certification. The pre-service teachers were sampled from all students in the sampled institutions who would be eligible to graduate with an elementary teacher education certificate in spring or summer 2007.
Pre-service teachers' perceptions of program focus were measured through a survey administered in the spring and summer of 2007. Pre-service teachers' knowledge of the essential components of reading instruction was assessed in spring and summer of 2007, using an assessment consisting of multiple-choice items about the essential components, especially as they are taught in kindergarten to grade 3.