English Language Arts and Reading


This page will provide you with information on topics such as curriculum, assessment, and rules. We welcome any suggestions you may have that will improve this page for individuals working to provide high quality English Language Arts and Reading (ELA/R) programs for students. Join the ELA/R mailing list and receive updates as information becomes available. 

The English Language Arts and Reading team in the TEA Division of Curriculum provides content expertise and plans strategically while working with stakeholders implementing TEKS-based instructional programs.  

ELA/R staff collaborates with the Division of Student Assessment in the development of state reading and writing assessments; assists the Division of Instructional Materials and Educational Technology (IMET) in overseeing the state textbook adoption process for grades K-12 ELA/R instructional materials; and reviews state certifications related to ELA/R with the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC).

Additional responsibilities include dissemination of information pertaining to dyslexia and Texas graduation requirements. Information pertaining to dyslexia is available on the Dyslexia page of the website. Please see the State Graduation Requirements page for information pertaining to high school graduation.

Curriculum Standards

The following sites provide access to the state standards for English language arts and reading and Spanish language arts and reading.

English Language Arts and Reading Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) implemented beginning with school year 2009-2010

Spanish Language Arts and Reading Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) implemented beginning with school year 2009-2010

Professional Development

Several statewide professional development courses on the ELA/R TEKS are currently available face-to-face at your ESC and online through Project Share, and new courses will be available soon. For details on available courses and how to access them, contact your ESC and/or visit http://projectsharetexas.org (outside source).

Frequently Asked Questions

The following document provides clarifying information pertaining to Bible literacy in Texas.

Bible Literacy Frequently Asked Questions (PDF, 93KB)

Related Links

The following resources provide more information to support educators, accelerated instruction, and state assessments.

Children's Learning Institute (outside source)


English Language Arts and Reading Support Site (outside source)

Student Assessment Division

Texas Literacy Initiative

Texas SUCCESS (outside source)

Vaughn Gross Center for Reading and Language Arts (outside source)


The following documents are provided for additional information and assistance.

Reading/Comprehension Skills for Grades K-12 (PDF, 121KB) - a critical component of the English Language Arts and Reading standards

Reading/Comprehension Skills for Grades K-6 (PDF, 66KB) - a critical component of the Spanish Language Arts and Reading standards, in Spanish

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

Early Reading Instruments (ERI) Reimbursement Information and Form (PDF, 125KB)

Red Book Series, Book 1: Beginning Reading Instruction (PDF, 200KB)

Red Book Series, Book 2: Comprehension Instruction (PDF, 254KB)

Red Book Series, Book 3: Guidelines for Examining Phonics and Word Recognition (PDF, 197KB)

Red Book Series, Book 4: Research-Based Content Area Reading Instruction (PDF, 182KB)

Red Book Series, Book 5: Promoting Vocabulary Development (PDF, 357KB)