English Language Arts and Reading

Child Reading Book

This page contains information on curriculum, assessment, and rules. We welcome any suggestions 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. 

The ELA/R team in the TEA Division of Curriculum provides content expertise and plans strategically with stakeholders implementing TEKS-based instructional programs.  

ELA/R staff collaborates with the Division of Student Assessment to develop 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 providing information about dyslexia and Texas graduation requirements. Information about dyslexia is available on the Dyslexia page of the website. Please see the State Graduation Requirements page for information about 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

Take statewide professional development courses on ELA/R TEKS online through Project Share

Frequently Asked Questions

The following document provides information about 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)


Educator Certification Rule

English Language Arts and Reading Support Site (outside source)

Mathematics and Reading Academies

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, 173KB) - a critical component of the Spanish Language Arts and Reading standards, in Spanish

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

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)