Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Requirement

State Approved Reading Instruction Course - Renewal Requirement

Completion of the Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Course or passage of the Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Assessment is required for renewal of an Idaho professional education credential for anyone who holds an Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education Blended Certificate, Standard Elementary or Standard Exceptional Child Certificate, who is teaching in an Idaho public school at renewal time.

IDAHO STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION RULE, IDAPA 08.02.02.016.04

04. Renewal Requirement - Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Course. In order to recertify, a state approved Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Course shall be required. Successful completion of a state approved Idaho Comprehensive Literacy course shall be a one-time requirement for renewal of certification for those currently employed in an Idaho school district and shall be included within current requirements for continuing education for renewal. The following individuals listed in Subsection 016.04.a. through 016.04.c. shall successfully complete an Idaho Comprehensive Literacy course in order to recertify:

  1. Each teacher holding an Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education Blended Certificate (Birth - Grade 3) who is employed in an elementary classroom (multi-subject classroom, K-8);
  2. Each teacher holding a Standard Elementary Certificate (K-8) who is employed in an elementary classroom (K-8); and
  3. Each teacher holding a Standard Exceptional Child Certificate (K-12) who is employed in a K-12 classroom.

05. Out-of-State Applicants - Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Course.

  1. Out-of-state applicants shall take a state approved Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Course as a certification requirement.
  2. Those individuals who qualify for an Idaho certificate through state reciprocity shall be granted a three-year, non-renewable, interim certificate to allow time to meet the Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Course requirement.
State Approved Reading Instruction Course

The state approved reading instruction course is required for all Idaho teachers working on interim certificates, alternate routes or coming from out of state as a one-time requirement for full certification.

The ICLA is offered through the College of Education at Idaho universities; please contact the College of Education at an Idaho university to find out details on the test and when it is offered. Link to Approved Providers PDF Icon .

IDAHO STATUTES, TITLE 33, EDUCATION, CHAPTER 12 TEACHERS

33-1207A. TEACHER PREPARATION.
(1) Higher Education Institutions. The state board shall review teacher preparation programs at the institutions of higher education under its supervision and shall assure that the course offerings and graduation requirements are consistent with the state board approved, research based "Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Plan." To ensure compliance with this requirement, the board may allocate funds, subject to appropriation, to the higher education institutions that have teacher preparation programs.

The higher education institutions shall be responsible for the preservice assessment measure for all kindergarten through grade twelve (12) teacher preparation programs. The assessment must include a demonstration of teaching skills and knowledge congruent with current research on best reading practices. Each institution shall report annually to the state board of education the number of preservice teachers who have passed the assessment. The state board of education shall then compile the statewide results and report to the legislature and the governor.

(2) For all Idaho teachers working on interim certificates, alternate routes or coming from out of state completion of a state approved reading instruction course shall be a one-time requirement for full certification.

(3) The board of trustees of every school district shall include in its plan for in-service training, coursework covering reading skills development, including diagnostic tools to review and adjust instruction continuously, and the ability to identify students who need special help in reading. The district plan for in-service training in reading skills shall be submitted to the state department of education for review and approval, in a format specified by the department.