Fort Bend ISD Designated as House Bill 3 Reading Academies Authorized Provider
In June of 2019, the 86th Legislature of Texas passed House Bill 3, which encompasses several reforms for the budget and finance of Texas Education. Impacted by this new bill is the new mandate for all Kindergarten through Third Grade Teachers and Principals to complete Texas Reading Academies, steeped in the Science of Teaching Reading, by 2023. As a forerunner in education and an instructional leader for the state of Texas, Fort Bend ISD became an authorized provider for Texas Reading Academies Implementation through TEA’s approval process.
FBISD is looking forward to not only impacting students within our own district but throughout the region. We believe teachers who have a stronger capacity to support primary literacy development will result in increased student success. We know that success in reading launches students to achieve success in futures beyond what we can imagine. As an authorized provider, we look forward to working with your organization to help you achieve greater student success, too! For more information about how you can utilize Fort Bend ISD directly or via local implementation for Texas Reading Academies please view the resources below.
For information about Fort Bend ISD's support model for the Texas Reading Academies, please view the FBISD Reading Academies 2021 Launch video below and visit the FBISD Reading Academies Support page.
Below is the planned pacing for the Texas Reading Academies. For questions, please contact one of the cohort leaders found under the FBISD Reading Academies Cohort Leaders section.
House Bill (HB) 3 was passed by the 86th Texas Legislature last year and signed into law by Governor Abbott on June 11, 2019. A key new requirement in HB3 is that school districts are responsible to ensure that all Texas principals and kindergarten-third grade teachers complete Texas Reading Academies by the end of the 2022-2023 school year.
Fort Bend ISD has been approved by the Texas Education Agency to offer the Texas Reading Academies trainings and will begin implementing trainings during the summer of 2020. During training sessions, teachers and principals will increase their knowledge of the science of teaching reading to support a student’s ability to decode words, understand spoken language, and improve reading comprehension. Texas Reading Academies also has a strong emphasis on explicit and systematic phonics instruction. This is in direct alignment with what FBISD began implementing in 2019 with the Fountas and Pinnell Phonics, Word Study, and Spelling program. This focus on providing direct instruction of skills to build primary reading is supported by our 2019 adoption of additional Fountas and Pinnell Classroom materials. Throughout the next three years, our district will continue to work to help teachers implement the recommendations from Texas Reading Academies using these research-based materials.
Overall, as reading and writing are foundational to school success, Fort Bend ISD will continue working with the Texas Education Agency to ensure that all students have access to high-quality reading and writing instruction. We will work to integrate the learning with our instructional model of balanced literacy, with the expected outcome of students developing a love for literacy that will equip them for excellence.