The goal of the Texas Literacy Initiative (TLI) is to ensure
that every Texas child is strategically prepared for the literacy demands of
college and/or career by high school graduation. TLI integrates and aligns early
language and preliteracy skills for children in the age 0 to school entry range.
TLI emphasizes reading and writing instruction for students in grades K–12.
A local collaborative of secondary schools, elementary
schools, and the feeder preschools and programs that serve a community’s children
is called a “Literacy Line.” Integrating and aligning language development and
literacy instruction across such a continuum of age 0 through grade 12
educators requires communication and collaboration. Discussions among
educators within a Literacy Line should focus on instruction that has been shown
to work. This page provides information and state-endorsed resources for
building a solid foundation of research-based instructional practices, systems,
and guidelines. Join the TLI mailing list and receive updates
as information becomes available.
Texas State Literacy Plan (TSLP)
The Texas State Literacy Plan (TSLP) was developed with
funding from the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy (SRCL) federal formula
grant (2010–2012). The TSLP is a guide for creating comprehensive
site/campus-based literacy programs and is customized for three age/grade-level
groupings: Age 0 to School Entry, Kindergarten to Grade 5, and Grade 6 to Grade
12. TSLP supports educators in effectively teaching our state standards. Although
the initial focus of TSLP was on disadvantaged students, it can be used to
advance the learning of all students.
The TSLP is organized into a LASERS framework of six
essential components: Leadership, Assessment, Standards-Based Instruction,
Effective Instructional Framework, Reporting and Accountability, and
Sustainability. Each component of the
LASERS framework contains a set of key action
steps at each age/grade level. Implementation Ratings allow sites and campuses
to assess their progress toward Sustainability as shown on the TSLP Resource
The following links provide assistance for creating
comprehensive literacy programs.
Texas State Literacy Plan (TSLP) Resource Website (outside source) supports
the development of a comprehensive literacy program at the site/campus level.
The website has the following tools: the Implementation Inventory,
Implementation Maps, and the Resource Library.
The Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Program Website (outside source) offers opportunities
to share lessons learned and promising practices in key areas of advancing
The Texas State Literacy Plan Online Course (outside source) helps site/campus-based leadership teams move
toward full implementation of a comprehensive literacy plan.
English Language Arts and
Reading - This site will provide information about curriculum, assessment,
rules, and more for anyone
who wants to provide high quality English language arts and reading programs
for their students.
Write for Texas (outside source) - This multi-course blended workshop is designed
for secondary teachers of all subject areas. It supports effective writing
instruction for English language learners and students receiving special
Early Childhood Education - This site will provide information about early
childhood education (age 0 through pre-kindergarten) in Texas.
English Language Learners (outside source) - This site is sponsored by the Texas
Education Agency (TEA). It is part of a Limited English Proficient Student
Success Initiative (LEP-SSI) authorized by Senate Bill 1, General
Appropriations Act, Article III, Rider 62, and Texas Education Code §21.457 and
Dyslexia - This site will provide information about dyslexia
in Texas, support for dyslexia identification, and links to services available
through the dyslexia consultants at each of the 20 regional education service
State Literacy Plan (TSLP) Abbreviated Version 1.0 (PDF, 6.79MB)
2014-2015 Commissioner's List of Reading Instruments (PDF, 995KB)
Texas Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Grant Application (PDF, 209KB)
Texas Literacy Initiative
Texas Education Agency
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78701-1401