Non-ESC Authorized Provider Authorization Process


2019-2021 House Bill 3 Reading Academies Authorized Provider – NON-ESC

A key new requirement in HB 3 is that LEAs are responsible to ensure that all K-3 teachers and principals in Texas have completed the Reading Academies by the 2021-2022 school year. (June 2021 this was updated to the 2022-2023 Academic Year). A Reading Academies Authorized Provider is an entity—educational service center, local educational agency, institute of higher learning, or other non-profit—that is formally approved by TEA to provide Reading Academies. All Reading Academy Providers must be formally authorized and approved by TEA based on a set of baseline requirements. Eligible providers include ESCs, districts, and external organizations. Non-ESC entities may apply to be an Authorized Provider through a competitive authorization program application process. Entities must demonstrate capacity to execute Reading Academies at time of application.

To be approved as an Authorized Provider, an entity MUST agree to:

  • Provide and facilitate HB 3 Reading Academies, including registration, logistical support, and technical assistance.
  • Follow and implement HB 3 Reading Academies content as designed by TEA.
  • Ensure all Cohort Leaders pass mandatory hiring screen before leading sessions.
  • Attend mandatory training as determined by TEA.
  • Coordinate and fund travel for all Cohort Leaders.
  • Conduct program evaluation as determined by TEA.
  • Communicate and respond to TEA information requests.
  • Conduct outreach to publicize HB 3 Reading Academies.
  • Non-ESC entities must demonstrate the capacity to offer four Comprehensive AND eight Blended Cohorts.


The maximum points available for the standard review criteria for this program will be as follows:

  • Qualifications and Experience for Key Personnel – 25 points possible
  • Summary of Program Qualifications – 75 points possible
  • Performance and Evaluation Measures – 25 points possible
  • Financial Management and Sustainability Plan – 15 points possible

Total Possible Points - 140 points possible

View the full list of applicant scores.


Authorization Period

From February 1, 2020, to July 30, 2021.


Applications and Award

The following table links to scanned copies of all applications eligible for competitive review and indicates which applicant(s) are preliminarily selected to receive an award, pending successful completion of fiscal and programmatic review and negotiation.


Applicant Name Approved as an AP?
Amarillo ISD No
Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD Yes
Clear Creek ISD Yes
Corpus Christi ISD Yes
Conroe ISD Yes
Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Yes
Dallas ISD Yes
El Paso ISD Yes
Emily Washington No
Fort Bend ISD Yes
Fort Worth ISD Yes
Garland ISD No
Houston ISD Yes
Humble ISD Yes
Katy ISD Yes
Leander ISD No
Literacy San Antonio Yes
La Vega ISD Yes
Mesquite ISD No
National Institute for Excellence in Teaching No
North East ISD Yes
Palacios ISD No
Pre-K 4 SA Yes
Sul Ross State University No
The University of Texas at Austin- The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk Yes
Uplift Education Yes
Ysleta ISD No