The Children’s Learning Institute prepared the following information to assist your school district or charter school with implementing the new requirements established by HB 3 (86th Texas Legislature, 2019). Additional information may be posted throughout the school year, based on feedback from users.
HB 3 amends statute to include multiple reading initiatives with new requirements that LEAs adopt K-3 phonics curriculum that uses systematic direct instruction, incorporate the use of integrated reading instruments, and prioritize the placement of highly effective teachers in K-2. A key new requirement in HB 3 is that LEAs are responsible to ensure that all K-3 teachers and principals in Texas will need to have completed the Reading Academies by the 2021-2022 school year. Visit TEA’s website for additional information about the upcoming Reading Academies.
In addition to the Reading Academies hosted by TEA, consider the CLI Engage professional development resources to supplement teacher training:
Additionally, we strongly encourage principals to sign-up for the Principal’s Primer, our regular newsletter with customized information for school administrators. In each edition, we feature tools and resources on CLI Engage to specifically support principals.
HB 3 requires school boards to adopt detailed plans developed by their management teams that achieve goals in two key areas:
While 3rd grade is the only grade required for HB 3 goal setting, it is best practice that plans include progress measures for PreK-2nd grade to understand growth toward 3rd grade reading proficiency. This also aligns with the HB 3 mandate that districts use integrated assessments for PreK-3rd grade to diagnose reading development and comprehension.
CLI Engage updated our data uploading and exporting tools to include additional student demographics to align with HB 3 requirements. These updates included amending the Single Roster Upload template and Student Bulk Upload template to include additional demographic fields for Special Education, English Learner, Economic Disadvantaged, Dyslexia, and Enrollment Status (date enrolled and date withdrawn). The ethnicity designations were already optional fields for student upload. These updates occurred during the February 2020 system deployment.
When using the new templates, be sure to follow instructions to prevent data errors and duplicates.
Once student data is uploaded in CLI Engage, district administrators can export and view these demographics by using the CIRCLE Progress Monitoring for PreK and/or TX-KEA assessment data reports. The Student Results Export Report provides raw data including the new subpopulation demographics that can be filtered or sorted as needed. These additional demographic fields enable districts to generate reports directly from CLI Engage for strategizing goals to monitor student proficiency in early childhood literacy and mathematics.
The changes to kindergarten through grade 2 diagnostics include requiring the commissioner to adopt by rule a single kindergarten instrument that addresses the three developmental domains, including reading. The commissioner must determine the performance of the reading instrument adopted, and results of the reading instrument must be reported by districts and charter schools to parents in writing no later than the 60th calendar after the administration of the instrument. The commissioner must further ensure that a kindergarten through grade 2 reading instrument is made available to districts at no cost. Visit TEA’s website for additional information.
Beginning in Fall 2020, the Texas Kindergarten Entry Assessment (TX-KEA), hosted on CLI Engage, will include a literacy screener. Available at no cost to Texas school districts and charter schools, this new literacy screener embedded in TX-KEA will satisfy the requirements of HB 3. Review TEA’s guidance on K-2 diagnostic screeners for additional information.
CLI recently concluded a pilot of the literacy screener, collecting data to inform benchmarks and teacher feedback that will be used to refine the final screener.
Additionally, we will launch a checklist related to dyslexia in Spring 2020, intended to support teachers at EOY to determine students who may need additional assessment. This screener will be available by April 2020, with a more comprehensive dyslexia screener available in Spring 2021.
TPRI and Tejas Lee will be available on CLI Engage in August/September 2020, at no cost to Texas school districts and charter schools. We will have additional information available soon. A dyslexia screener will also be available for the 2020-2021 school year.
HB 3 requires all prekindergarten services be offered to eligible 4-year-old students be full-day, and that the prekindergarten services meet the high quality requirements adopted by the Texas Legislature 4 years ago:
Please review the CLI Engage alignment to the high quality prekindergarten program components: High Quality Prekindergarten (Rider 78 and HB4)
Visit TEA’s website for additional information.
As part of HB 3 implementation, TEA announced a new optional grant opportunity to support new teacher mentoring in the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. Learn more about this opportunity on TEA’s website.
CLI Engage features free access to many tools and resources that your school district or charter school can use to support mentoring and coaching. View information about these resources on Teacher Coaching:
Additionally, CLI Engage includes several professional development resources dedicated to supporting high quality coaching delivery, including our Effective Mentoring eCIRCLE online course and the new Coaching Micro-Credential.
We also expect to announce face-to-face coaching workshops for Spring or Summer 2020; additional information will be available soon.