The goal of the Texas
Literacy Initiative (TLI) is to ensure that every Texas child is strategically
prepared for college and career literacy demands by high school graduation. The
TLI integrates and aligns early language and preliteracy skills for children from
infancy to school entry. For students in grades K–12, the TLI emphasizes
reading and writing instruction.
A local collaborative of
secondary schools, elementary schools, and the feeder preschools and programs
that serve a community’s children is called a “Literacy Line.” Integrating and
aligning language development and literacy instruction across the infancy
through grade 12 continuum requires communication and collaboration.
Discussions among educators within a Literacy Line should focus on instruction
that has been shown to work. This page provides information and state-endorsed
resources for building a solid foundation of research-based instructional
practices, systems, and guidelines. Join
the TLI mailing list and receive updates as more information becomes available.
State Literacy Plan
The Texas State Literacy Plan
(TSLP) is a guide for creating comprehensive site- or campus-based literacy
programs and is customized for three age- and grade-level groupings: (1) Infancy
to School Entry, (2) Kindergarten to Grade 5, and (3) Grade 6 to Grade 12. The TSLP
supports educators in effectively teaching our state standards. Although the
initial focus of the TSLP was on disadvantaged students, it can be used to
advance the learning of all students.
The TSLP is organized into a
LASERS framework of six essential components: Leadership, Assessment,
Standards-Based Instruction, Effective Instructional Framework, Reporting and
Accountability, and Sustainability. Each component of the LASERS framework
contains a set of key action steps at each age or grade
level. Implementation ratings allow sites and campuses to assess their progress
toward Sustainability as shown on the TSLP Resource Website.
The TSLP was developed with
funding from the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy federal formula grant
The following links provide
assistance for creating comprehensive literacy programs.
The Texas State Literacy
Plan Resource website (outside source) supports the development of a
comprehensive literacy program at the site or campus level. The website has the
following tools: the Implementation Inventory, Implementation Maps, and the
The Striving Readers
Comprehensive Literacy Program website (outside source) offers opportunities to share lessons
learned and promising practices in key areas of advancing literacy skills.
The Texas State Literacy Plan Online Course (outside source) helps site-
and campus-based leadership teams move toward full implementation of a
comprehensive literacy plan.
The Texas Education Agency
(TEA) English Language Arts and
Reading website provides information about curriculum,
assessment, rules, and more for anyone who wants to provide high-quality
English language arts and reading programs.
Write for Texas (outside source) is a multi-course
blended workshop for secondary teachers of all subject areas. It supports
effective writing instruction for English language learners and students
receiving special education services.
TEA’s Early Childhood Education website provides information about
early childhood education (infancy through prekindergarten) in Texas.
Language Learners portal (outside source) provides guidance on assessments,
certifications, instructional activities, and professional development opportunities
of interest to educators of English language learners.
links to information about dyslexia in Texas, where to find support for identifying
dyslexia, and how to contact the dyslexia consultants at each of the 20
regional education service centers.
Texas State Literacy Plan
(TSLP) Version 3.0 Draft (PDF, 14.4 MB)
2014-2018 Commissioner’s List
of Reading Instruments (PDF,
Texas Striving Readers
Comprehensive Literacy Grant Application (PDF, 209 KB)