This study has been completed.
August 2005 – February 2011
Optimal Solutions Group
American Institutes for Research
The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001 created the Reading First program to help ensure that all students can read at or above grade level by the end of third grade. The program targeted low-income, low-performing schools and was funded at $393 million in Fiscal Year 2008. The Reading First legislation required "a measurement of how well students preparing to enter the teaching profession are prepared to teach the essential components of reading instruction." This study addressed that requirement by examining the extent to which new teachers are prepared to teach the essential components of reading instruction promoted by the Reading First program.
The study collected information in spring 2007 from a sample of 3,000 pre-service teachers in a nationally representative sample of 100 institutions. The study included a pre-service teacher survey regarding the content of their training programs as well as an assessment of pre-service teacher knowledge about the essential components of reading instruction.
A report, titled Study of Teacher Preparation in Early Reading Instruction, was released in September 2010.
A restricted-use file containing de-identified data is available for the purposes of replicating study findings and secondary analysis.