During this 4-week session from 8/28 to 9/25, the focus will be
on Subtest I that covers Domain 1: Word Analysis and Domain 2:
Fluency. These two domains will cover competencies 3 through 9.
Session 1 will prepare teacher candidates to complete both
multiple choice questions and complete constructed responses that
will mirror those encountered on the RICA. Session 1 will focus
on making data-based decisions, identifying evidence-based
interventions/strategies to support student literacy, and
understanding the skills needed (i.e., phonological and phonemic
awareness, reading with automaticity) to become proficient
This 4-week session held from 10/9 to 10/30 will focus on Subtest
II, which assesses Domain 4: Vocabulary, Academic Language, and
Background Knowledge and Domain 5: Comprehension. These two
domains will focus on competencies 10 through 15. Session 2 will
focus on vocabulary, including academic language, and increasing
reading comprehension. Evidence-based literacy strategies will be
reviewed, discussed, practiced, and assessed through individual,
small-group, and whole group instruction and activities.
The last 4-week session will be held 11/13 to 12/4 and focus on
Subtest III, which assesses Domain 1: Planning, Organizing, and
Managing Reading Instruction Based on Ongoing Assessment
Knowledge. This domain will focus on competencies 1 through 2.
During this session, the focus will be on using assessment to
plan reading instruction, creating targeted interventions based
on data to improve students’ literacy skills, and developing a
“tool bag” of reading assessments to use in the classroom.
Assessments data are included on some of the constructed
responses. It is expected that teacher candidates will be able to
review the data provided (i.e., running records, reading
inventories, writing samples) and provide cogent responses on how
to improve the literacy skills of the student.
Note: There is a one-week break between each session that
will provide 1:1 support on the same day/time as the regular
session. Upon registering for the course, the instructor will
provide a Zoom link for each session.
Be prepared to register and pay for the RICA. You may either
complete a computer-based test or a video performance assessment.
Each subtest costs $57.00. The time limit for Subtests I and II
is 1 hour and 15 minutes. Subtest III has a time limit of 1 hour
and 30 minutes.