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 KÔÇô12 English language arts and reading Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).
- House Bill 1605: , addresses Instructional Materials Review and Approval (IMRA), as well as the extension of additional state aid to school districts for the provision of certain instructional materials. ╠řFor the latest news and updates, please visit the House Bill 1605 web page.
- Holocaust Remembrance Week: Holocaust Remembrance Week is January 22-26, 2024. State law requires that school campuses use the week to teach about the Holocaust using resources developed or approved by the Texas Holocaust, Genocide, and Antisemitism Advisory Commission (THGAAC). These resources, as well as teaching guidelines, can be found on the .
- Black History Month: Each year, during February, we celebrate the history and cultural contributions of Black Americans in the United States. Students learn about the achievements, perspectives, struggles, and experiences of Black Americans throughout more than 400 years of American history. The ░─▓╩┐¬Ż▒═° web page for Black History Month provides a variety of resources that can be used to honor Black History Month.
- World Read Aloud Day: ╠řWednesday, February 7th 2024. ╠řThe purpose of this day is to call attention to the importance of sharing stories. ╠řDuring a read-aloud an educator, care-giver, or student reads a book out loud to an audience of one or more listeners. ╠řThis can be a fun and engaging way to interact with a text. ╠řThere are many benefits to a read-aloud, including increased student motivation to read, increased vocabulary knowledge, and improved comprehension skills. ╠řNot sure where to start? ╠řRead-aloud tips and activities can be found in this . ╠řGrab a book, find an audience, and read aloud today!
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.
The purpose of the 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 ÔÇô 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, ┬ž28.006(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 ┬ž39.023(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, ┬ž28.006(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 ░─▓╩┐¬Ż▒═° reading language arts team.╠ř
Additional ░─▓╩┐¬Ż▒═° 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
- Graduation Information╠ř
- 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 ┬ž 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. ╠řStudents 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 .
- 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 and other social studies courses throughout the year.╠ř
- Black History Month
- SB 1828 was passed in 2019 in acknowledgment of the HolocaustÔÇÖs 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 GovernorÔÇÖs 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 ÔÇťliberatedÔÇŁ by Allied troops.)
Curriculum Standards and Student Support
For questions or additional information, please submit a Curriculum Request Form through the ░─▓╩┐¬Ż▒═° Help Desk.
Please from the Reading Language Arts team.
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