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HOUSE BILL NO. 507
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TEACHERS - PHONICS - Adds to existing law to require applicants for an
elementary teaching certificate to have completed at least 3 semester
credits in intensive-systematic use of phonics for reading instruction and
to provide a definition of "intensive-systematic phonics."
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|||| LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ||||
Fifty-fourth Legislature Second Regular Session - 1998
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
HOUSE BILL NO. 507
BY EDUCATION COMMITTEE
1 AN ACT
2 RELATING TO TEACHERS; AMENDING CHAPTER 12, TITLE 33, IDAHO CODE, BY THE ADDI-
3 TION OF A NEW SECTION 33-1202A, IDAHO CODE, TO REQUIRE APPLICANTS FOR AN
4 ELEMENTARY TEACHING CERTIFICATE TO HAVE COMPLETED THREE SEMESTER CREDITS
5 OF INTENSIVE-SYSTEMATIC PHONICS FOR READING INSTRUCTION AND TO DEFINE
6 "INTENSIVE-SYSTEMATIC PHONICS".
7 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
8 SECTION 1. That Chapter 12, Title 33, Idaho Code, be, and the same is
9 hereby amended by the addition thereto of a NEW SECTION , to be
10 known and designated as Section 33-1202A, Idaho Code, and to read as follows:
11 33-1202A. REQUIRED CREDITS FOR ELEMENTARY CERTIFICATE -- PHONICS FOR
12 READING INSTRUCTION -- DEFINITION. (1) Effective January 1, 1999, all appli-
13 cants for an Idaho elementary teaching certificate shall complete at least
14 three (3) semester credits in the intensive-systematic use of phonics for
15 reading instruction. The course shall provide instruction and opportunity for
16 the preservice teacher to demonstrate the teaching of intensive-systematic
17 phonics to children in the elementary grades. Applicants graduating from a
18 state-approved teacher education program in Idaho shall complete three (3)
19 semester credits in the use of intensive-systematic phonics for reading
20 instruction as part of the undergraduate teacher education program. Applicants
21 completing an approved teacher education program in another state shall be
22 required to complete at least three (3) semester credits in the use of
23 intensive-systematic phonics for reading instruction within one (1) year from
24 the issuance of an Idaho certificate.
25 (2) "Intensive-systematic phonics" means the process of teaching all the
26 specific sounds of each letter of the alphabet in a rigorous, repeated, con-
27 sistent manner, and includes instruction on how each sound is made in the
28 mouth and the sounds associated with each letter or combination of letters.
S TATEMENT OF PURPOSE
New Section Idaho Code 33-1202A. Relating to requiring three
semesters credit in the use of intensive-systematic phonics for
all applicants for Idaho elementary-teaching certification.
Teacher education courses in Idaho higher education institutions
do not offer opportunities for prospective teachers to learn to
teach reading with phonics as an intensive-systematic approach.
As a result, many beginning teachers are not adequately prepared
to teach the sound/symbol relationship of the English language.
Including phonics as a component of reading instruction will
result in a savings of taxpayer dollars used to remediate public
Intensive-systematic phonics is the process of teaching all the
specific sounds of each letter of the alphabet. These sounds are
taught showing where they are made in the mouth as well as the
variations. This instructional process allows for the learner to
practice learning the sounds and the rules that work with the
sounds. Intensive means that repeated-consistent "systematic
instruction" will allow the child to grasp the decoding skills in
a logical sequential manner.
The bill also requires teachers coming from another state to
complete at least three semester credits in intensive systematic
phonics within one year of issuance of their Idaho certificate.
This course could replace an elective or an existing course and
not cause any fiscal impact.
CONTACT: Jerry R. Pelton
State Department of Education
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE
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