HB 3 and Science of Teaching Reading

To support the identified need in elementary literacy, beginning 1/1/2021, all elementary candidates will need to pass the Science of Teaching Reading (293) examination for certification in the following currently identified certification areas.  

  • Early Childhood: Prekindergarten-Grade 3
  • Core Subjects: Early Childhood-Grade 6
  • Core Subjects: Grades 4-8
  • English Language Arts and Reading: Grades 4-8
  • English Language Arts and Reading/Social Studies: Grades 4-8

The test framework for Science of Teaching Reading examination can be found here.  Programs currently offering the certification areas above will need to re-apply with the Agency before they are able to recommend candidates for the Science of Teaching Reading examination.  The application will be made available to programs no later than 1/1/2020.  

The agency will be re-developing the current content tests to remove content that is also found in the Science of Teaching Reading assessment.  The following assessments will be required for certification in the timeframes below.  The only assessment that will requiring a new test code will be the EC-6 Core Subjects based on the significant amount of overlap with Science of Teaching Reading.

Certification Area Before 12/31/2020 On or after 1/1/2021
Early Childhood: Prekindergarten-Grade 3
N/A
  • Early Childhood-Grade 3 Content (292)
  • Science of Teaching Reading (293)
  • Pedagogical examination
Core Subjects: Early Childhood-Grade 6
  • Core Subjects EC-6 (291)
  • Pedagogical examination
  • Core Subjects EC-6 (391)
  • Science of Teaching Reading (293)
  • Pedagogical examination
Core Subjects: Grades 4-8
  • Core Subjects 4-8 (211)
  • Pedagogical examination
  • Core Subjects 4-8 (211)
  • Science of Teaching Reading (293)
  • Pedagogical examination
English Language Arts and Reading: Grades 4-8
  • English Language Arts and Reading 4-8 (117)
  • Pedagogical examination
  • English Language Arts and Reading 4-8 (117)
  • Science of Teaching Reading (293)
  • Pedagogical examination
English Language Arts and Reading/Social Studies: Grades 4-8
  • English Language Arts and Reading/Social Studies (113)
  • Pedagogical examination
  • English Language Arts and Reading/Social Studies (113)
  • Science of Teaching Reading (293)
  • Pedagogical examination

The agency will follow the timeline below to meet the HB3 statute:

12/27/2020 12/31/2020 12/31/2020
Last Day to take current EC-6 content tests (291)
Last Day to use current content scores only for certification
Last Day to be recommended* with current content tests only
  • Recommended includes candidate meeting all requirements, candidate applying for certification with payment, and educator preparation program recommending 

** Candidates may use scores on 291, in conjunction with a passing score on Science of Teaching Reading and a pedagogical examination for certification until the following dates

  • 8/31/2021 – last day to meet requirements for certification
  • 10/30/2021 – last day to be recommended for certification


Additional information about HB 3 can be found on our agency website – https://tea.texas.gov/HB3/