For Policymakers

The Barksdale Reading Institute (BRI), in partnership with the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning, released a Statewide Report on teacher preparation for early literacy instruction in the state’s 15 public and private colleges and universities. The study titled Statewide Report for the Study of Teacher Preparation for Early Literacy Instruction revisits a similar study completed by the BRI in 2002. The previous study led to the implementation of a required 6-hours in Early Literacy. The 2015 review is distinct in its depth and focus on early literacy. The study team observed undergraduate reading methods courses, interviewed 119 faculty, reviewed over 80 syllabi and 45 textbooks, conducted twenty teacher candidate focus groups, and observed recent graduates now teaching in K-3 classrooms.

To explore the findings or learn more, read the portions or full report linked below:

  1. Executive Summary: Study of Teacher Preparation for Early Literacy Instruction
  2. Full Statewide Report for the Study of Teacher Preparation for Early Literacy Instruction
  3. Statewide Report – Appendices
  4. Appendix E: Crosswalk of Standards
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