English Language Arts and Reading
This English language arts and reading web page provides clarification, guidance, and support to English language arts and reading stakeholders, including districts, schools, parents, educators, and students, for the development and implementation of the K–12 English language arts and reading Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).
Instructional Materials Review Update: Sign up today to attend a focus group for the Instructional Materials Review and Approval (IMRA) rubrics.
House Bill 1605 (88th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2023) requires the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to develop rubrics in consultation with and approved by the State Board of Education that will be used to evaluate the quality of instructional materials.
TEA was directed by the SBOE to develop rubrics for K–8 English language arts and reading, K–6 Spanish language arts and reading, and K–12 mathematics. TEA is seeking your feedback on the draft IMRA rubrics and is hosting focus groups for educators, education service centers, and publishers. If you would like to attend, please register for one of the sessions below.
Educator Focus Groups
- English and Spanish Language Arts and Reading
Apply for Texas Assessment Educator Committees: Each year the Texas Education Agency (TEA) invites Texas educators to provide feedback on the development of state assessments (STAAR, STAAR Alternate 2, and TELPAS) through educator committees across all assessed grades and content areas. Developing high-quality, aligned questions relies on the expertise and experience of Texas educators. Participants collaborate with other educators from across the state to review, edit, and approve each potential question for state assessments. TEA is specifically looking for educators from your region!
The commitment is generally two to three days in Austin with all travel, accommodations, and substitute coverage paid for by TEA. All participants will earn Continuing Professional Education credits. If you are interested or know other educators who would like to participate in a committee, fill out the application form here: https://www.texasassessment.gov/educator-committees.html
English Language Arts & Reading TEKS
The links below provide access to the web-based version of the current English language arts Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), which are the state standards for what students should know and be able to do. You can also access a PDF version of the TEKS.
- Elementary English Language Arts and Reading TEKS
- Middle School English Language Arts and Reading TEKS
- High School English Language Arts and Reading TEKS
- Other High School English Language Arts and Reading TEKS
The purpose of the TEKS Guide is to help teachers understand each student expectation in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and to provide valuable resources to support instruction. Currently, the TEKS Guide includes resources for K-8 English Language Arts and K-6 Spanish Language Arts.
The following vertical alignment documents were created to reflect the alignment of the new English and Spanish language arts and reading TEKS across grade levels, kindergarten – grade 12.
- Vertical alignment: K-12 English language arts and reading TEKS, Adopted 2017 (PDF, 236KB)
- Vertical alignment: K-12 Spanish language arts and reading TEKS, Adopted 2017 (PDF, 236KB)
Grade 7 Reading Instruments
In accordance with the TEC, §28.006(c-1), each school district and open-enrollment charter school is required to administer at the beginning of Grade 7 a reading instrument adopted by the commissioner to each student whose performance on the assessment instrument in reading administered under TEC, Section §39.023(a), to the student in Grade 6 who did not demonstrate reading proficiency, as determined by the commissioner. The district shall administer the reading instrument in accordance with the commissioner's recommendations under the TEC, §28.006(a)(1).
For more information and to view the 2023-2027 Commissioner's List of Approved Grade 7 Reading Instruments, visit the Grade 7 Reading Instruments web page.
Recent English Language Arts Communications
The recent newsletters and updates below have been shared with stakeholders by the TEA reading language arts team.
- English Language Arts Newsletter: November 2023
- English Language Arts Newsletter: August 2023
- English Language Arts Update: July 2023
Additional TEA Web Pages Related to English Language Arts and Reading
- House Bill 1605
- Student Assessment
- Spanish Language Support
- College, Career, and Military Prep
- Continuing Professional Education (CPE)
- Early Childhood Education
- Educator Certification Rules
- Graduation Information
- Special Populations
- Bible Literacy Frequently Asked Question (PDF)
Commemorative Weeks and Months
- Each year, during the week that includes September 17, Texas schools honor Celebrate Freedom Week (TEC § 29.907) to highlight the values and ideals on which the United States was founded as well as the sacrifices that were made for freedom in the founding of the country. Students learn about the intent, meaning, and importance of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, including the Bill of Rights. Students also examine the relationship between the ideas in these documents and subsequent American history.
- Celebrate Freedom Week
- Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15 by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of Americans who trace their heritage to Latin America or Spain. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period. The following websites provide instructional materials, activities, and lessons that can be used to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and to support instruction in Ethnic Studies: Mexican American Studies.
- Hispanic Heritage Month
- Each year, during February, we celebrate the history and cultural contributions of African Americans in the United States. Students learn about the achievements, perspectives, struggles, and experiences of African Americans throughout more than 400 years of American history. The following websites provide a variety of lessons, activities, and instructional materials that can be used to honor African American History Month and to support instruction in Ethnic Studies: African American Studies and other social studies courses throughout the year.
- African American History Month
- SB 1828 was passed in 2019 in acknowledgment of the Holocaust’s ongoing significance. SB 1828 instructs the Texas Holocaust, Genocide, and Antisemitism Advisory Commission (THGAAC) to develop or approve materials for public schools for a statewide Holocaust Remembrance Week. Counseled by the Commission, the Governor’s Office selected the week of January 27th as the date for Remembrance Week. (International Holocaust Remembrance Day is January 27, which is the date that Auschwitz was “liberated” by Allied troops.)
- Holocaust Remembrance Week
Curriculum Standards and Student Support
For questions or additional information, please submit a Curriculum Request Form through the TEA Help Desk.
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Reading Language Arts and Social Studies Team
Social Studies/Reading Language Arts Director
Reading Language Arts Content Specialist
K-8 Reading Language Arts & Social Studies Content Specialist
Spanish Content Specialist
Social Studies Content Specialist