House Bill 3 (HB3)
House Bill 3 of the 2019 Texas Legislative Session was one of the most comprehensive reforms for public education in Texas. A key feature of House Bill 3 requires all kindergarten through third-grade teachers and elementary principals to complete the Texas Reading Academies before the end of the 2022-2023 school year.
What are Reading Academies?
The Reading Academies are a transformative opportunity to equip teachers and administrators with evidence-based content and methods that best support the science of teaching reading.
Key Features of the Reading Academies
- Science of Teaching Reading
- Establishing a Literacy Community
- Using Assessment Data to Inform Instruction
- Oral Language & Vocabulary
- Phonological Awareness
- Alphabet Knowledge
- Decoding, Encoding, and Word Study
- Reading Fluency
- Reading Comprehension
- Tiered Supports and Reading Difficulties
Why Reading Academies?
By developing skilled and effective educators, we ensure students have access to high quality reading and writing instruction, thereby positively impacting student literacy achievement. Reading Academies, therefore:Are a transformative opportunity to improve teacher and student outcomes.Play a central role on our "Path to 60" Board Goals - 60% of students at 'meets' or above in 3rd grade STAAR Reading by 2025.Will accelerate growth and help address the persistent achievement gaps.