Texans Should Be Excited: Phonics Being Taught in All Texas Public Schools

Dec 5, 2019 by

“Texans Should Be Excited: Phonics Being Taught in All Texas Public Schools”

By Donna Garner


Tex. Commissioner of Education Morath and the Texas Education Agency are leading the way to fulfill the provisions of HB 3 and its emphasis on the scientific reading academies/phonemic awareness/phonics.  

Texas HB 3 not only requires teachers to use systematic, direct instruction of phonics in K –  3, but the bill also requires ALL TEACHERS AND PRINCIPALS IN K-3 to attend a teacher literacy achievement academy where they will be instructed in the scientific study of reading [i.e., phonemic awareness/decoding skills/phonics].  All applicants who get their teaching certificates for Pre-K through Grade 6 after Jan. 1, 2021 must demonstrate mastery on a certification exam (any class of certificate) of the scientific study of reading.  

JUST RELEASED TODAY — TEXAS READING PRACTICES WEBSITE — https://tea.texas.gov/academics/early-childhood-education/reading-practices

House Bill 3 (HB 3) Implementation: Reading Practices Update:   https://tea.texas.gov/about-tea/news-and-multimedia/correspondence/taa-letters/house-bill-3-hb3-implementation-reading-practices-update

To be approved as an Authorized Provider, an entity MUST agree to: 

  • Provide and facilitate HB 3 Reading Academies, including registration, logistical support, and technical assistance. 
  • Follow and implement HB 3 Reading Academies content as designed by TEA. 
  • Ensure all Cohort Leaders pass mandatory hiring screen before leading sessions. 
  • Attend mandatory training as determined by TEA. 
  • Coordinate and fund travel for all Cohort Leaders. 
  • Conduct program evaluation as determined by TEA. 
  • Communicate and respond to TEA information requests. 
  • Conduct outreach to publicize HB 3 Reading Academies. 


HB IN 30:  READING PRACTICES PART 2: — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkz36f08n1M&feature=youtu.be


11.21.19 — “Mike Morath, Tex. Comm. of Education: The Latest About Our Public Schools” — By Donna Garner – EdViews.orghttps://www.educationviews.org/the-latest-news-about-texas-public-schools-from-comm-of-ed-morath/


9.13.19 — “What Progress Are Our Texas Public Schools Making?” — by Donna Garner – EdViews.orghttps://www.educationviews.org/what-progress-are-our-texas-public-schools-making/

[UPDATE ON 9.18.19 FROM DONNA GARNER:  Texas Commissioner of Education Mike Morath gave his presentation on Sept. 13, 2019 at the Texas State Board of Education meeting. I referred to his comments in the article below, but now you can listen and watch the Commissioner for yourself by going to the TEA archive at http://www.adminmonitor.com/tx/tea/general_meeting/20190913/.   Please click on the right side of the page on “Commissioner’s Comments,” and you will be taken directly to marker 44:10 through 1:47:35.  If you really want to know what is happening in Texas public schools, it is best to get the latest news from the Commissioner himself.]


6.10.19  — “Truly Exciting News – Tex. HB 3 Requires K-3 Teachers To Utilize Systematic, Direct Instruction of Phonics” — By Donna Garner – Edviews.orghttp://www.educationviews.org/tex-hb-3-requires-k-3-teachers-to-teach-direct-systematic-phonics/

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