House Bill 3 (HB3) K-2 Diagnostic Update: Commissioner-Approved Diagnostic Tools for Grades 1-2

Date:  February 6, 2020 
Subject: House Bill 3 (HB3) K-2 Diagnostic Update: Commissioner-Approved Diagnostic Tools for Grades 1-2
Category: Early Childhood Education
Next Steps:  Vendor Call: Application for Commissioner-Approved List of Diagnostic Tools for Grades 1-2


TEA seeks diagnostic tools for inclusion on the commissioner-approved list for grades 1-2. This correspondence serves as a notice of the launch of a competitive authorization process through which eligible entities can apply for inclusion on the list. 

Overview of Changes 
House Bill (HB) 3 was passed by the 86th Texas Legislature, 2019, and signed into law by Governor Abbott on June 11, 2019. HB 3 requires the commissioner to ensure a kindergarten through grade 2 reading instrument is made available to districts at no cost. Additionally, TEC 28.006 (b) requires the commissioner to adopt a list of reading instruments that school districts may use to diagnose student reading development and comprehension. On November 21, 2019, the Texas Education Agency (TEA or agency) released an HB 3 in 30 K-2 Diagnostics video, along with a PowerPoint document and related materials.  
HB 3 Grade 1 and 2 Diagnostics Update 
Today, the agency announces that a competitive authorization process is now available to determine the commissioner-approved diagnostic tools for grades 1-2. Eligible entities may visit the Early Childhood Education web page to access the application and submit a Notice of Intent to Apply. Prospective applicants should reference the Grades 1 and 2 rubrics to ensure they meet the criteria and application requirements. 
If you have any questions related to this letter regarding K-2 diagnostics under HB 3, please contact the Division of Early Childhood by email at  or email We will be compiling answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the webpage as well as TEA’s Early Childhood Education webpage. 
Jacquie Porter, 
State Director of Early Childhood Education