California Could Scrap the Reading Competence Assessment for Teachers

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing is considering eliminating the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment for aspiring teachers, EdSource reports. But a bill currently moving through the Legislature could do away with it first.

The test is difficult. Around 1/3 of people fail it the first time around.

“In the 18 months I have been on this commission I don’t think I’ve heard a kind word about this RICA test,” said Commissioner Kathleen Allavie. “This test is not serving us well at this time. This is the most important thing I think we need our teachers to do — teaching students to read.”

The Commission will create a panel to discuss alternatives to the RICA. That panel could preempt legislation, Senate Bill 614, that already seeks to replace the exam with a standard writing skills assessment.

Scrutiny of the RICA comes amid a statewide shortage of qualified educators.

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