Reading Academies - Cohort Leader Screener Registration

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

To learn more about the Cohort Leader role, and the process for completing the Screener, visit our FAQs on this page, or 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 register for the Cohort Leader Screener (assessment):

  1. Find your Unique ID on your TEAL Profile: Click Here.  You will need this ID to register.  If you have never served as an educator in Texas, and you do not have a TEAL account, please email

  2. Window 5 Cohort Leader Screener registration will open on Monday, November 9th through Friday, November 20th at 5pm CST.  If you are new to the process and need to register for an English ONLY Screener course click here. If you are new to the process and need to register for a Biliteracy (English/Spanish) Screener course click here

  3. If you have previously received an email noticed from TEA informing that you will be auto enrolled in Window 5, please do not complete this registration process.

  4. Once you complete the registration process, you will receive an email from TEA with information on how to login to your account to access the Screener course.  

  5. The Window 5 course itself will open on Monday, November 9th. You will have 7 days to complete the course. The seven day countdown will begin when you register for the course. After the seven day window closes you will not have access to any of your materials.


How to prepare for the Cohort Leader Screener:

As a reminder, we do not encourage anyone to rush and there are no internal time limits for the Screener course except the end date of your seventh day cycle at 5PM CST.

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.



1. When can I begin the Screener?

You will be given access to your account to begin the Screener on September 14th. 

2. What does the Screener consist of? What is the general structure of the assessment?

The Screener consists of two main parts, an initial assessment (multiple choice and short answer), which requires an 80% passing rate to proceed to the next part.  The second part is a set of artifacts, which contain a variety of higher-level tasks to demonstrate competency in the science of teaching reading, both in ELA and SLAR (Biliteracy).

3. How does the Biliteracy Screener differ from the General Ed. Screener?

The Biliteracy Screener is more comprehensive and prepares a cohort leader to facilitate either/both General Ed. (ELA) and Biliteracy (SLAR) cohorts.  The initial assessment (multiple choice and short answer) consists of 69 total questions for the Biliteracy Screener, as compared to 34 questions for the General. Ed. Screener.  The artifacts section for each Screener contains the same general types of artifacts, but the Biliteracy Screener contains additional tasks.

4. How long will the Screener take?

Overall the Screener should take between 3 to 5 hours to complete.

The Screener consists of two parts.  Neither part is officially timed.  However, we estimate that the initial assessment (multiple choice and short answer) should take between 30 - 60 min. (General Ed.) and 45 - 90 min. (Biliteracy).  We estimate that the artifacts section should take between 2.5 - 3 hours (General Ed.), and 3 - 3.5 hours (Biliteracy).  

5. Do I have to complete the Screener all at once?

No. Once you have logged into the system, and started the Screener, you may log out and log back in at a later time.  Your progress should be saved.

6. What happens if I do not complete the Screener by the end of the current window?

You will have to sign up to retake the Screener in a later window, and your progress will not be saved.

7. When will I find out if I have passed the Screener?

You will know right away if you passed the first part, an initial assessment (multiple choice and short answer), because you will automatically proceed to the next part of the Screener, the artifacts section, if you score an 80% or higher. However, some artifacts will be reviewed by a Cohort Leader Review Panel, that is set to convene after the end of the Screener window. 

8. What happens if I do not pass the Screener?

You will have to sign up to retake the Screener in a later window. You can attempt the Screener 3 times per year.