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Document Number: 5372

Who Teaches Reading in Public Elementary Schools? The Assignments and Educational Preparation of Reading Teachers - This four-page issue brief examines what classifications of teachers were assigned to teach elementary school reading during the 1999-2000 school year, and these teachers’ levels of educational preparation. The teacher characteristics reported on include (1) “work-role assignment” (whether the instructor is regular full or part time, itinerant teacher, etc.); (2) classroom setting (i.e., self-contained class, “pull-out” class); (3) educational attainment (bachelor’s, master’s or higher than master’s); (4) educational preparation and certification in reading (major, minor, certification or major and certification); and (5) educational preparation and certification in elementary education. Data are disaggregated for reading specialists, “other reading teacher” (teaching at least one reading class but not main assignment) and general elementary education teachers. (David Meyer and Daniel J. McGrath, National Center for Education Statistics, August 2004)...

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