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TITLE 19EDUCATION
PART 7STATE BOARD FOR EDUCATOR CERTIFICATION
CHAPTER 235CLASSROOM TEACHER CERTIFICATION STANDARDS
SUBCHAPTER BELEMENTARY SCHOOL CERTIFICATE STANDARDS
DIVISION 1EARLY CHILDHOOD: PREKINDERGARTEN-GRADE 3
RULE §235.15Science of Teaching Reading Standards, Early Childhood: Prekindergarten-Grade 3

(a) Early Childhood: Prekindergarten-Grade 3 Science of Teaching Reading (STR) standards. The STR standards identified in this section are targeted for classroom teachers of early learners (birth through age eight). The standards address the discipline that deals with the theory and practice of teaching early reading. The standards inform proper teaching techniques, strategies, teacher actions, teacher judgements, and decisions by taking into consideration theories of learning, understandings of students and their needs, and the backgrounds and interests of individual students. The standards are also aligned with the Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines and Chapter 110 of this title (relating to Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for English Language Arts and Reading). The standards address early reading content knowledge in Prekindergarten-Grade 5, with an emphasis on Prekindergarten-Grade 3, in order to meet the needs of all learners and address vertical alignment.

(b) Reading Development. The Early Childhood: Prekindergarten-Grade 3 classroom teachers demonstrate understanding of Kindergarten-Grade 5 Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines pertaining to reading and apply knowledge of developmentally appropriate, research- and evidence-based assessment and instructional practices to promote students' development of grade level skills within the following components of reading:

  (1) oral language development;

  (2) print awareness;

  (3) phonological and phonemic awareness;

  (4) phonics;

  (5) fluency;

  (6) vocabulary development;

  (7) comprehension of literary text;

  (8) comprehension of informational text; and

  (9) beginning strategies and reading comprehension skills.

(c) Reading Pedagogy. The Early Childhood: Prekindergarten-Grade 3 classroom teachers demonstrate understanding of the principles of reading instruction and assessment and use a range of instructional strategies and assessment methods to promote students' development of foundational reading skills, including:

  (1) implementing both formal and informal methods of measuring student progress in early reading development;

  (2) designing and executing developmentally appropriate, standards-driven instruction that reflect evidence-based best practices; and

  (3) acquiring, analyzing, and using background information (familial, cultural, educational, linguistic, and developmental characteristics) to engage all students in reading, including students with exceptional needs and English language learners.


Source Note: The provisions of this §235.15 adopted to be effective May 17, 2018, 43 TexReg 3093

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