I can’t find any state that requires a candidate for a certified education position (reading specialist, LD specialist, special education teacher, elementary school teacher, special education director, principal, or any other position) to have training/certification in even one research based reading program.
If we were graduating and certifying people who could teach reading they would be doing it.
They may require the candidate to be well read on the subject of research based practices, but they do not require enough training/certification in a research based program to use it as it was meant to be used for instruction.
Some teaching colleges will grant college credit if a student gets training in a research based program outside of the college. A few offer training at the college as an elective. But it is not required for graduation or state certification.
We should not be surprised that people untrained to accomplish the goal are unable to accomplish the goal. If we were graduating and certifying people who could teach reading they would be doing it. What we are producing are people who can help a child learn to read as long as the child does not need direct systematic instruction in a research based methodology.
Teachers are paying good money for a college education that does not prepare them to accomplish the job they will be hired to do. They have enough training to teach some of the children to read. To me, that is a piece of institutionalized discrimination that we have to change. We need to use our public money for staff that can teach all the children to read, not just the easy ones.