Professional Learning and Development provides additional support for endorsement programs in ESOL, Reading, Gifted, and Athletic Coaching. Click on the links below for more information on each endorsement program.
Beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, per House Bill 7055, intensive reading interventions must be delivered by a teacher who is certified or endorsed in reading. This applies to all teachers delivering intensive reading instruction (Intensive Course B- students identified as substantially deficient) in K-12 classrooms. According to a December 11, 2019 update from the DOE and Just Read Florida, teachers will be considered "in progress" working towards their endorsement by taking two reading endorsement courses per school year until their courses are complete and they have the 5 courses necessary to add the endorsement to their teaching certificate.
During the 2020-2021 school year, we will be offering additional models of instruction to assist teachers with meeting this new requirement. You will be receiving additional information from your principal.
READING ENDORSEMENT UPDATES
House Bill 7055: On November 15, 2019, the State Board of Education approved an amendment to rule 6A-4.0292, F.A.C., Specialization Requirements for the Reading Endorsement-Academic Class. The amendment will allow teachers who receive a passing score on the Reading Subject Area Exam to be awarded the Reading Endorsement without completing the previously required coursework. Please note, we are awaiting additional technical assistance on this amendment from the Bureau of Educator Certification (BEC) and will share any information we receive from the state. The full memo can be found here.
Reading K-12 Exam Information can be found here. It is recommended only teachers with significant experience teaching reading and some coursework in reading, take the test. Preparation is recommended prior to paying for and taking the exam. The following study guide for the K-12 Reading Exam has been prepared using the materials from the Florida Teacher Certification Exam website and some additional DOE resources in K-12 Reading.