The STR exam is a required test for teachers not standard-certified prior to January 1, 2021. This applies to anyone taking the EC-3 (292), EC-6 (391), CORE 4-8 (211) and ELA 4-8 (113 or 117) exams. Teachers seeking EC-12 SPED certification are not required to take the STR exam at this time.
In 2022, the ELAR 4-8 exam will also be updated.
Certified teachers already employed in Texas school districts have until the start of the 2022-2023 school year to attend a ‘Reading Academy’ focused on the reading science strategies and implementation covered in the exam.
If you’re not sure whether you need to take the STR or qualify for a Reading Academy, use the chart below:
For example, if you enrolled in a certification program in January 2020 and passed your content exams in the spring or summer, you could be hired as a teacher for the 2020-2021 school year. This first teaching year is your “intern year.” During this year, you will need to pass both the PPR (160) and the STR (293) exams. You will also need to complete any program requirements and have your principal recommend you for standard certification. At the end of the year, you should be fully certified.
Alternatively, if you were enrolled at a university and graduated in December 2020, you will likely have taken and passed your content exams and the PPR (160) while in school. You will also finish all coursework and projects required by your teaching program, and can then be recommended for certification. You can be hired to teach starting January 2021 and will not need to take the STR. However, you will need to attend a Reading Academy prior to the 2022-2023 school year.