The Science of Teaching Reading (STR) Exam and Certification Updates

Monday, Oct 26, 2020

Overview of the STR Exam Requirement:

House Bill 3, passed during the 86th Texas Legislature, established the requirement that all teacher candidates who teach students in grades Pre-K-6 demonstrate proficiency in the science of teaching reading on a new, standalone certification exam. This requirement takes effect on January 1, 2021. The STR exam will be required for the issuance of five certification fields.  

The STR exam will be required for the issuance of intern, probationary, and standard certifications for these certification fields beginning January 1, 2021.    

Teachers who are currently standard certified in Core Subjects: EC-6, Core Subjects: 4-8, English Language Arts and Reading: 4-8, or English Language Arts and Social Studies: 4-8 will not be required to pass the STR exam for renewal of their certificate. The STR exam requirement only impacts candidates seeking certification after Jan. 1, 2021.   

Webinars and Resources Related to the STR Exam:  

For complete STR information, please click on the following TEA website:

If you need assistance, have additional questions or concerns, please email