STR - Texas Teacher Certification Requirement

Science of Teaching Reading (STR)

Beginning January 1, 2021, House Bill 3 will require teacher candidates seeking certification in the following fields to pass the new Science of Teaching Reading (STR) Exam as part of the certification process:

  • Core Subjects EC-6
  • Core Subjects 4-8
  • English Language Arts and Reading 4-8
  • English Language Arts and Reading / Social Studies 4-8

What is the Science of Teaching Reading Exam?

The STR exam is targeted for classroom teachers of early learners (prekindergarten - grade 6). It is designed to assess whether the examinee is proficient in the science of teaching reading standards and has obtained the requisite knowledge and skills to practice teaching early reading.

The state preparation manual for the STR exam is now available and can be accessed by clicking here.

What does this mean for me?

For the program to recommend a certificate, a teaching candidate must pass the new STR exam in addition to the TExES Content exam and PPR exam.

The STR exam will be available to test takers on January 2, 2021. The cost of the exam is $136. Scores for this exam are reported within 28 days of testing.

Download our Course Catalog for more information