English Language Arts and Reading TEKS Review

The State Board of Education (SBOE) has legislative authority to adopt the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for each subject of the required curriculum. SBOE members nominated educators, parents, business and industry representatives, and employers to serve on the review committees. This page provides information regarding the 2015 review and revision of the English language arts and reading (ELAR) TEKS. Information regarding the Spanish language arts and reading and English as a Second Language TEKS review is available on the Spanish language arts and reading and English as a Second Language TEKS webpage.

New English and Spanish language arts and reading TEKS Adopted by State Board of Education

The State Board of Education (SBOE) gave final approval on May 10, 2017, to new English and Spanish language arts and reading TEKS for Kindergarten – 8. The new K – 8 TEKS will be implemented in classrooms beginning with the 2019-2020 school year.

New K– 8 English language arts and reading TEKS (PDF, 1,520KB)

New K– 8 Spanish language arts and reading TEKS (PDF, KB)

High School Amendments to be Considered at Second Reading 
 

The following amendments are to be considered by the SBOE on Friday, June 23, 2017, for second reading and final adoption of Proposed New 19 TAC Chapter 110, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for English Language Arts and Reading, Subchapter C, High School, and 19 TAC Chapter 128, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Spanish Language Arts and Reading and English as a Second Language, Subchapter C, High School, are posted below. 

Approved by Committee of the Full Board 

Amendments to proposed new 19 TAC Chapter 110, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for English Language Arts and Reading, Subchapter C, High School (PDF, 978KB)

Amendments to proposed new19 TAC Chapter 128, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Spanish Language Arts and Reading and English as a Second Language, Subchapter C, High School  (PDF, 967KB)

Amendments to be Considered

§110.36  

Change English I, §110.36(7)(D)(ii) from amended “organizational design and thesis” back to the language from first reading, “multiple organizational patterns within a text to develop the thesis.

K-8 Amendments to be Considered at Second Reading  

Amendments to be considered by the SBOE on Friday, April 21, 2017, for second reading and final adoption of Proposed Revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 110, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for English Language Arts and Reading, Subchapter A, Elementary, and Subchapter B, Middle School, and 19 TAC Chapter 128, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Spanish Language Arts and Reading and English as a Second Language, Subchapter A, Elementary, and Subchapter B, Middle School, are available here.

 

Vertical Alignment Document

The following vertical alignment document was created to reflect the alignment of the proposed revisions to the English language arts and reading TEKS across grade levels, Kindergarten – Grade 12. The SBOE requested that TEA staff apply adjustments made to the Kindergarten – Grade 8 TEKS at the January/February 2017 meeting to the proposed revisions to the high school TEKS as appropriate. The vertical alignment documents reflect these adjustments.

Vertical alignment: English language arts and reading recommendations (PDF, 195KB)

Recommendations for Consideration at First Reading (January 2017)

The following documents reflect recommendations for the English language arts and reading TEKS for consideration for first reading and filing authorization at the January/February SBOE meeting.

Subchapter A, Elementary (PDF, 913KB)

Subchapter B, Middle School (PDF, 701KB)

Subchapter C, High School (PDF, 748KB)

Expert Reviewer Recommendations (December 2016)

The following document reflects the vertical alignment of the expert reviewers’ recommendations for the English language arts and reading TEKS across grade levels, Kindergarten – Grade 12.

Vertical alignment: English language arts and reading recommendations (PDF, 686KB) 

Preliminary Expert Reviewer Recommendations (November 2016)

The following document reflects the expert reviewers’ preliminary recommendations for the English language arts and reading TEKS.

Preliminary English language arts and reading recommendations (PDF, 711KB) 

Preliminary Expert Reviewer Recommendations (November 2016)

The following document reflects the expert reviewers’ preliminary recommendations for the English language arts and reading TEKS.

Preliminary English language arts and reading recommendations (PDF, 711KB) 

Final Recommendations for Revisions to the English Language Arts and Reading TEKS

The following documents reflect the TEKS review committees' final draft recommendations for revisions to the English language arts and reading TEKS.

Final Recommendations (April 2016)

English language arts and reading, Kindergarten - Grade 2 (PDF, 1.89MB)
English language arts and reading, Grades 3 – 5 (PDF, 2.0MB)
English language arts and reading, Grades 6 – 8 (PDF, 1.96MB)
English language arts and reading, English I-IV (PDF, 2.06MB)

Vertical Alignment Documents (updated July 2016)

The vertical alignment documents indicate the alignment of the TEKS review committees’ final recommendations across grade levels, Kindergarten – Grade 12 and are organized by strand.

English language arts and reading, Strand 1: Foundational Language Skills (PDF, 997KB)
English language arts and reading, Strand 2: Comprehension (PDF, 999KB)
English language arts and reading, Strand 3: Response  (PDF, 990KB)
English language arts and reading, Strand 4: Collaboration (PDF, 1.46MB)
English language arts and reading, Strand 5: Multiple Genres (PDF, 1.52MB)
English language arts and reading, Strand 6: Author's Purpose and Craft (PDF, 989KB)
English language arts and reading, Strand 7: Composition and Presentation (PDF, 1.01MB)
English language arts and reading, Strand 8: Inquiry and Research (PDF, 992KB)

Side by Side Documents

The side by side documents demonstrate the alignment between the current TEKS for English language arts and reading and the review committees’ final recommendations.

Side by Side, Kindergarten (PDF, 1.16MB)
Side by Side, Grade 1 (PDF, 1.18MB)
Side by Side, Grade 2 (PDF, 1.16MB)
Side by Side, Grade 3 (PDF, 1.2MB)
Side by Side, Grade 4 (PDF, 1.2MB)
Side by Side, Grade 5 (PDF, 1.21MB)
Side by Side, Grade 6 (PDF, 1.19MB)
Side by Side, Grade 7 (PDF, 1.19MB)
Side by Side, Grade 8 (PDF, 1.19MB)
Side by Side, English I (PDF, 1.23MB)
Side by Side, English II (PDF, 1.21MB)
Side by Side, English III (PDF, 1.19MB)
Side by Side, English IV (PDF, 1.19MB) 

English Language Arts and Reading TEKS April 2016 SBOE Meeting Supporting Documents

The documents below were created as supporting documents for the English language arts and reading TEKS review process. The vertical alignment documents indicate the alignment of the TEKS review committees’ draft recommendations across grade levels, Kindergarten – Grade 12 and are organized by strand. The side by side documents demonstrate the alignment between the current TEKS for English language arts and reading and the review committees’ draft recommendations. 

Vertical Alignment Documents

English language arts and reading, Strand 1: Foundational Language Skills (PDF, 1.15MB)

English language arts and reading, Strand 2: Comprehension (PDF, 1.42MB)
English language arts and reading, Strand 3: Response  (PDF, 487KB)
English language arts and reading, Strand 4: Collaboration (PDF, 1.41MB)
English language arts and reading, Strand 5: Multiple Genres (PDF, 1.02MB)
English language arts and reading, Strand 6: Author's Purpose and Craft (PDF, 1.43MB)
English language arts and reading, Strand 7: Composition and Presentation (PDF, 1,53MB)
English language arts and reading, Strand 8: Inquiry and Research (PDF, 1.0MB)

Side by Side Documents

Side by Side, Kindergarten (PDF, 798KB)
Side by Side, Grade 1 (PDF, 609KB)
Side by Side, Grade 2 (PDF, 611KB)
Side by Side, Grade 3 (PDF, 827KB)
Side by Side, Grade 4 (PDF, 817KB)
Side by Side, Grade 5 (PDF, 608KB)
Side by Side, Grade 6 (PDF, 831KB)
Side by Side, Grade 7 (PDF, 819KB)
Side by Side, Grade 8 (PDF, 611KB)
Side by Side, English I (PDF, 610KB)
Side by Side, English II (PDF, 607KB)
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ide by Side, English III (PDF, 605KB)
Side by Side, English IV (PDF, 615KB)

First Drafts of Recommendations for Revisions to the English Language Arts and Reading TEKS

The drafts below were developed by the English language arts and reading TEKS review committees appointed by members of the SBOE. The documents labeled "color-coded" show the committees' proposed additions, deletions, and revisions to the current English language arts and reading TEKS. The documents labeled "draft recommendations" represent a clean version of the draft of committees' recommendations if the recommendations were to be approved. Click on each item below to download a PDF. 

First Drafts of Recommendations (November 2015)

Elementary 
Kindergarten - Grade 2 ELAR Color-Coded Draft (PDF, 1.31MB)
Kindergarten ELAR Draft Recommendations (PDF, 79.3KB)
Grade 1 ELAR Draft Recommendations (PDF, 82.7KB)
Grade 2 ELAR Draft Recommendations (PDF, 79.5KB)

Grade 3 - Grade 5 ELAR Color-Coded Draft (PDF, 2.25MB)
Grade 3 ELAR Draft Recommendations (PDF, 281KB)
Grade 4 ELAR Draft Recommendations (PDF, 130KB)
Grade 5 ELAR Draft Recommendations (PDF, 132KB)

Middle School
Grade 6 - Grade 8 ELAR Color-Coded Draft (PDF, 1.34MB)

High School
English I ELAR Draft Recommendations (PDF, 60.5KB)
English II ELAR Draft Recommendations (PDF, 60.6KB)
English III ELAR Draft Recommendations (PDF, 61.6KB)
English IV ELAR Draft Recommendations  (PDF, 61.2KB)


SBOE English Language Arts and Reading TEKS Review Committees

The following list includes individuals appointed by the SBOE to serve on the Kindergarten-grade 12 English language arts and reading TEKS review committees. ELAR TEKS review committees are expected to begin work in fall 2015.

K-12 English language arts and reading TEKS review committees (PDF, 99.6KB) 

SBOE English Language Arts and Reading TEKS Expert Reviewers 

Information related to the SBOE-nominated expert reviewers for the English language arts and reading TEKS is available at this webpage.