Texas Literacy Initiative

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.

Texas 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.  

LASERS Components

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 (2010–2012).

Related Links

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 Resource Library.

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.

The English Language Learners portal (outside source) provides guidance on assessments, certifications, instructional activities, and professional development opportunities of interest to educators of English language learners.

The Dyslexia website contains 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.

Documents

Texas State Literacy Plan (TSLP) Abbreviated Version 1.0 (PDF, 6.79MB)

2014-2018 Commissioner’s List of Reading Instruments (PDF, 995KB)

Texas Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Grant Application (PDF, 209KB)