Our mission is to enable all Utah students to become proficient in the area of literacy for the purposes of reaching their individual potential and becoming successful citizens in today's world.
The Utah Core Standards for English Language Arts (ELAs) have been revised as of June, 2013. They now include standards for handwriting in grades K-5. The Standards referring to Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects were not revised.
Utah State Board of Education (USBE):
Utah State Board of Education (USBE) is offering online several courses in partnership with Utah Education Network (UEN) for elementary teachers in Utah.
There are many quality programs in the state that offer the required courses.
The following contact list is not comprehensive but you can e-mail the contact person to ask about their availability of classes, schedule, etc.
Please contact Jennifer Throndsen if your information is missing below:
Other Information Resources:
Level I Reading Endorsement Application
The Utah Reading Endorsement offers practicing elementary and secondary teachers an opportunity to deepen their knowledge and skills in the area of literacy. The purpose of this program is to strengthen reading achievement of Utah's school children by providing their teachers with the strategies, processes, and structures for augmenting classroom reading instruction in grades K-12.
The Level 1 Reading Endorsement requires a passing score on a Praxis content knowledge test and seven (7) graduate-level courses taken within the last eight (8) years.
The following seven course frameworks demonstrate the depth and breadth of the expected curriculum within a course meeting that requirement. Reading endorsement courses are aligned to Utah’s instructional goals and Core Standards as well as to the International Literacy Association (ILA) Standards.
Note: All course frameworks updated in 2015-2016.
If you are an institution that would like to demonstrate your alignment to the Utah Level 1 Reading Endorsement Frameworks, please submit the following via e-mail to the K-12 Literacy Coordinator, Jennifer Throndsen:
The Praxis Teaching Reading (0204 or 5204) test must be passed with a score of 159 or higher. This requirement was instituted on January 1, 2011, and any application submitted after that date is required to have a passing Praxis score.
Educational Testing Service (ETS): Praxis
Level 2 Reading Endorsement Application
Teachers who have obtained a Level I Endorsement and who want to work as school- or district-level literacy coaches will want to complete the Level 2 Endorsement. This endorsement provides a systems-level perspective on literacy instruction and program design and will deepen the candidate’s knowledge of literacy instruction and implementation.
The following course frameworks demonstrate the depth and breadth of the expected curriculum within a course meeting that requirement. Reading endorsement courses are aligned to Utah’s instructional goals and Core Standards as well as to the International Reading Association Standards.
Note: Course frameworks updated in 2015-2016.
International Literacy Association
USBE Reading Endorsement Correlation with International Literacy Association 2010 Standards for Reading Professionals
Endorsement - Reading Interventionist
The purpose of the Reading Interventionist Endorsement is to provide educators with academic and field-based opportunities to learn best practices for meeting the instructional needs of students who a struggling to learn to read. The nine credit endorsement will focus on Tier II and Tier III instructional methods, strategies, assessment, and curricula that improve student outcomes. The Level I Reading Endorsement is a prerequisite to earning this endorsement.
Tier II Small Group Reading Intervention Clinical Practicum
Tier III Reading Intervention Clinical Practicum
For vendors interested in applying to become an approved vendor for either Tier II or Tier II intervention programs, please review and submit the application below. The program must meet the requirements describe in the application to become qualified.
Tier II Small Group Intervention Practicum
Tier III Reading Intervention Practicum
The University of Utah is currently offering the Tier II and Tier III courses for the endorsement. If you are interested, please contact:
Wilson Language Training
University of Utah Reading Clinic (UURC)
The Intervention Seminar and Internship is expected to be available starting in the Fall of 2016.
Slingerland Institute for Literacy:
The principal is the key instructional leader of the school site. Having current, research-based information about literacy is a critical support to every principal. The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) Principals' Literacy Institute is designed to help principals stay current in the research and issues surrounding literacy and literacy assessment at their schools.
The Literacy Institute is an intensive, six-day professional learning opportunity designed for elementary principals. It is focused on literacy assessment and instruction. The first session examines the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) assessment: how is it administered, what it shows about students’ literacy, and what we can do with the information to guide instruction. The second session centers on effective Tier 1 and Tier 2 instructional strategies; the third session closes with Tier 2 and Tier 3 interventions and supports. Each session includes a school visit, expert lecture, and discussion. Pre-readings will be provided.
Time: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Tuesday, September 18
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Tuesday, November 13
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Wednesday, January 23
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Tuesday, March 19
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Achieve the Core
A national organization that has assembled a variety of resources to help support the shifts in instruction required in implementing the Core. They have complied an extensive selection of materials on writing that include samples of student writing with annotations to show how various Core Standards are met. Student samples are shown as they were transcribed, annotated with comments, and corrected for spelling and grammar for use as examples with students.
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
A community of educators, advocating sound policies and sharing best practices to achieve the success of each learner.
International Dyslexia Association, Rocky Mountain Branch (IDA-RMB)
The IDA-RMB supports those living with dyslexia, language and literacy challenges by promoting structured literacy through research, education and advocacy to individuals, families and educators by servicing communities in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.
International Literacy Association (ILA)
The International Reading Association is an 85,000-member nonprofit professional organization dedicated to improving reading instruction and promoting literacy around the world.
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
The nation's largest and most influential organization of early childhood educators and others dedicated to improving the quality of programs for children from birth through third grade.
National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
Devoted to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education.
Center for the improvement of Early Reading Achievement (CIERA)
A national center for research on early reading, representing a consortium of educators from five universities (University of Michigan, Michigan State University, University of Southern California, University of Minnesota, and the University of Georgia); teacher educators; teachers; publishers of texts, tests, and technology; professional organizations; and schools and school districts across the United States. CIERA is supported under the Educational Research and Development Centers Program, PR/Award Number R305R70004, as administered by the Office of Education.
Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR)
Has several project that focus on research-based practices related to literacy instruction and assessment for children in pre-school through 12th grade.
National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Located within the Institute of Education Sciences in the United States Department of Education, is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.
Your source for research and development on literacy in the United States and worldwide.
National Right to Read Foundation (NRRF)
The Mission of NRRF is to return to the Schools of America, reading instruction which follows scientifically based reading research. This site is designed to provide assistance for those engaged in this effort.
Vaughn Gross Center for Reading and Language Arts
Committed to providing leadership to educators in effective reading instruction through its diversified research, technical assistance, and professional development projects.
American Library Association (ALA)
The oldest and largest library association in the world, with more than 64,000 members. Its mission is to promote the highest quality library and information services and public access to information.
The Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS)
A set of standardized, individually administered measures of early literacy development. They are designed to be short (one minute) fluency measures used to regularly monitor the development of pre-reading and early reading skills.
Children's Book Council (CBC)
A nonprofit trade association of publishers and packagers of trade books and related materials for children and young adults.
Children's Literature Web Guide
Is an attempt to gather together and categorize the growing number of Internet resources related to books for children and young Adults.
Guide to Grammar and Writing
Contains scores of digital handouts on grammar and English usage, over 170 computer-graded quizzes, recommendations on writing from basic problems in subject-verb agreement and the use of articles to exercises in parallel structures and help with argumentative essays, and a way to submit questions about grammar and writing.
Library of Congress
The nation's oldest federal cultural institution. The library preserves a collection of nearly 121 million items, more than two-thirds of which are in media other than books.
New York Public Library
Information about the programs, services, and collections of The New York Public Library, along with access to its catalogs and other information databases.
Provides nearly 3,000 free lesson plans and activities for educators tied to PBS programming and correlated to local and national standards.
Offers research-based and best-practice information for professions that impact kids' reading achievement.
Reading Rockets for Teachers
Was created for teachers. They gather great resources and make them easily available for free. They also encourage you to print out and distribute whatever you need.
National Education Association's (NEA) Read Across America
A list of tips for parent on how to get children excited about reading.
Funded in part by a ready to learn cooperative agreement with the United States Department of Education.
National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL)
Creates educational and economic opportunity for the most at-risk children and parents.
Reading Rockets for Parents
A step-by-step guide to what parents can do to raise a reader.
Scholastic for Parents
A website for parents with resources to encourage a love of learning.
The Starfall learn-to-read website is offered free as a public service.
Read Write Think, Construct-a-Word
Provides a simple, engaging way for students to generate dozens of different words by first choosing an ending (for example -an, -ed, -at, -op) and then adding a beginning letter or blend.
As per Utah Code Title 53F-2-503: Early Literacy Program, Literacy Proficiency Plan was created to supplement other school resources in order to achieve the state's Uniform Growth Goal (UGG). A Local Education Agency (LEA) meaning a school district or charter school, must administer Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) to students in grades 1-3 at the beginning, middle, and end of the school year. After administration of the assessment, parents or guardians are to be notified of the student’s results. LEAs must demonstrate growth based upon student learning gains as measured by the benchmark assessment. Each LEA must create a Early Literacy Plan to address their K-3 reading competency.
Per Utah Office of Administrative Rules R277-406: Early Literacy Program and Benchmark Reading Assessment, the state UGG requires 60% of first to third grade students to make typical, above typical, or well above typical growth from the beginning of year to end of year as measured by Pathways of Progress on the DIBELS assessment. LEAs must also establish two local goals to address current performance gaps. When determining LEA UGG percentages, raw data is collected through Utah eTranscript and Record Exchange (UTREx), and appropriate filters run.
To receive program money, an LEA must annually submit a Early Literacy Program plan to the Board no later than October 1, which incorporates the following components: assessment, intervention strategies, professional development, and literacy performance goals.
The Board selected DIBELS as the statewide assessment for assessing reading competency in grades 1-3. DIBELS is administered three times a year: at the beginning, in the middle, and at the end of the year. The assessment provides educators, students, and families with information about a student’s reading proficiency. Parents or guardians are notified of their student’s performance after each administration period. This may occur through phone calls, parent conferences, or letters home. Examples of parent notification letters are accessible below.
For some students, DIBELS may not appropriately measure literacy skills. Alternate assessment options exist for students whose Individualized Education Program (IEP) teams have determined it to be necessary. To learn more about the options available, please visit the Special Education Assessment page.
The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) shall make an annual report that includes information on: