Science of Reading: Prescribed Pathways for Proficiency or Awareness
Act 1063 of 2017, the Right to Read Act, states: “By the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year: A) All teachers employed in a teaching position that requires an elementary education (K-6) license or special education (K-12) license shall demonstrate proficiency in knowledge and practices of scientific reading instruction; and B) All other teachers shall demonstrate awareness in knowledge and practices of scientific reading instruction.
The Arkansas Department of Education has established the following pathways for teachers who must demonstrate Proficiency or Awareness in scientific reading instruction. The most up to date information related to Arkansas’ implementation of the Prescribed Pathways Credentials, including the attached documents, can be found at www.risearkansas.org.
Prescribed Pathways for Proficiency Credential:
All teachers employed in a teaching position that requires an elementary education (K-6) license or special education (K-12) license shall demonstrate proficiency in knowledge and practices of scientific reading instruction by completing both phases of one of the Prescribed Pathways for Proficiency (attached). This includes any teacher employed in grades K-6 teaching English Language Arts, Math, Science or Social Studies. Other non-core academic areas in K-6 must show awareness in the Science of Reading (e.g., Art, Music, PE, Library Media, Counselor, Administrators).
Phase I outlines professional learning that meets the knowledge and practices in scientific reading instruction approved by the ADE. Phase II provides for demonstration of knowledge and practices in scientific reading instruction.
Districts may submit a request for specific training from an Independent Professional Development (IPD) provider be reviewed by ADE for approval. The district is responsible for submitting all requested information and materials using the IPD Review Form (attached). This is NOT a review of the curriculum program but rather the training program provided for teachers. If an IPD training program is approved, it will be added to the Prescribed Pathways for Proficiency list for the state. Requests will not be accepted directly from a vendor. Detailed instructions can be found on the IPD Review Form. Questions regarding the content components of the review process should be directed to Sandy Shepard, Lead Regional R.I.S.E. Specialist at 501-682-9961 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Prescribed Pathways for Awareness Credential:
All other teachers (e.g., 7-12 Content Specific, Coaches, Library Media Specialists, Career and Technical Education, Counselors, Administrators) shall demonstrate an awareness in knowledge and practices in scientific reading instruction by completing one of the Prescribed Pathways for Awareness (attached).