HB 3 Reading Academies

Per House Bill 3 (HB 3), passed by the 86th Texas Legislature in June of 2019, all kindergarten through third grade teachers and principals must attend a "teacher literacy achievement academy" by the 2022 - 2023 school year. For simplification and to avoid confusion with other grant programs and past literacy achievement academies, the Texas Education Agency is referring to this latest requirement as the HB 3 Reading Academies.

House Bill 3 was updated and per House Bill 1613, which was passed by the 87th Texas Legislature in June 2021, it now states that all kindergarten through third grade teachers and principals must attend a "teacher literacy achievement academy" by the end of the 2023 - 2024 school year.

All K-3 teachers, including special education teachers, and principals are required to complete the HB 3 Reading Academies by 2024. This includes literacy specialists who see K-3 students in small groups and K-3 departmentalized teachers. While there are some formal processes pending, districts (LEAs) can proceed to exempt teachers who hold “all-level certification in art, health education, music, physical education, speech communication and theatre arts, or theatre,” as described in §231.3(a).




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Authorized Providers

For Authorized Providers

Authorized Providers grant districts and educators access to the Reading Academies. They include Education Service Centers (ESCs), School Districts, Higher Ed. partners, and Non-Profits.

School Districts

For School Districts

Each School District decides how to comply with HB3, incl. which Authorized Provider to contract with, and whether to adopt a Comprehensive, Blended, or Local Implementation model.



For Educators

All Texas K-3 Educators (and Principals) except special area teachers (Art, Music, PE) must complete Reading Academies by 2023-2024. Consult your campus Principal for more guidance.

Cohort Leaders

For Cohort Leaders

Cohort Leaders are hired by an Authorized Provider, and administer the Reading Academies Blended (online) course. "Facilitators" similarly administer the Comprehensive (on-site, live) course.


Texas Reading Academies Business Rules (FAQ)

We compiled 50+ questions from our stakeholders and outline our Reading Academies guidelines.




Overview of Reading Academies: 




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For Cohort Leaders:

Cohort Leaders are the lead facilitators for the new K-3 Reading Academies.

To learn more about the Cohort Leader role, click here to download our Cohort Leader Screener overview presentation.  

If you are an experienced educator with formal training in scientifically based reading instruction, you may be a good fit to take the Screener and to pursue becoming a Cohort Leader.

How to Become a Cohort Leader:

Cohort Leader Screener - Registration Page 

What is a Cohort Leader Roles & Responsibilities?

Cohort Leader and Support Facilitator Roles & Responsibilities (PDF) (Updated 5/21/2021)

Cohort Leader Guide (PDF) (Updated 6/23/2021)

Research for Prospective Cohort Leaders to Review:

Prospective cohort leaders may wish to review the Teacher Knowledge of Early Literacy Skills survey.

For a list of additional resources for prospective Cohort Leaders to review, please click here.