TEA extends deadline to complete reading academies

The Texas Education Agency has released new details about the literacy achievement academies required by House Bill 3 for all classroom teachers and principals in grades K-3. The first participants in the literacy achievement academies are expected to start this July, and the deadline to complete the training has been extended until the end of the 2022-23 school year. Click here to read more.
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It is our intent to continue to do so, but with full recognition that the effects of institutional racism, bigotry, and brutality all manifest in our lives and classrooms, and must be condemned and eradicated. We will be increasingly mindful of the need to ensure policies and practices that afford the same protections and opportunities to all educators and students, and welcome your suggestions.
Texas College Bridge helps graduating, rising seniors

COVID-19 has made 2020 even more challenging for graduating and rising seniors by negatively impacting college readiness. The ACT, SAT and the Texas Success Initiative Assessment were not available this spring. In addition, students may not have finished college prep courses. Students also have experienced changing college requirements. In response, TEA is providing the  Texas College Bridge to support students and achieve district college, career and military readiness goals. The self-paced online college readiness curriculum is free for districts to use and is competency based and aligned to ACT, SAT and TSI benchmarks. Click here to learn more.
Check out what's new this week in our COVID-19 FAQs

We continue to update our FAQs about COVID-19 based on local, state and federal guidance. Check out what's new this week:

Keep in mind that our FAQs are not legal advice. Each school district will handle situations differently, so we strongly encourage members who have specific questions or concerns to call us at 888-879-8282 so we can help. Members also can submit general inquiries through our Ask-a-Lawyer portal.
Last week's eUpdate included a survey about COVID-19, and many of you provided invaluable feedback. Thank you for taking time to share your experiences with us. If you have not yet completed the survey, we would appreciate your input by Friday, June 19 . Click here to take the survey.
TEA adds early childhood resources to its website

TEA's Early Childhood Education division has created a new section on its website focused on data driven instruction. It defines data collection requirements for grades PK-2 and provides links to free tools and information to help decide what tool(s) will work best for each school district. TEA plans to expand the web page to include guidance on tool selection, best practices for using data to inform instruction, and family engagement partnerships to support each child.  Click here to learn more.
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