2019-2020 Academic Year

English Language Arts & Reading (ELAR)
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)

Dear Texas Educator,


Since 1982, ECS Learning Systems has created quality K–12 teaching materials, training, and media. As a Texas-based publisher of the highest quality test-prep materials, we have always shared your commitment to lead your students to success on Texas tests—STAAR®, TAKS, TAAS, and TEAMS.


With the adoption of the new 2017 Reading Language Arts (RLA) Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), the Texas Education Agency (TEA) established a two-year transition period for educators to shift classroom instruction to an interwoven model in which reading and writing skills are integrated and recursive. During the transition period, the Reading and Writing portions of the STAAR® exam will assess only the overlap standards, which are identified in the 2019–2020 and 2020–2021 Assessed Curriculum documents provided by TEA.


TEA Transition Plan

School Year     Assessed Curriculum on STAAR®

2019–2020           Assess overlap TEKS
2020–2021           Assess overlap TEKS
2021–2022           Assess only 2017 TEKS

As you have come to expect from your most trusted source in Texas testing, STAAR MASTER® Reading and Writing products have been expertly reviewed, revised, and realigned to ensure 100% alignment to the current assessed TEKS to help educators continue to foster student success on the STAAR®.


At ECS, we strive to provide educators with effective and efficient materials designed to significantly increase student outcomes and make teaching easier. We count it as a privilege to have you as a customer, and we hope that our products continuously exceed your expectations.


Please let us know how well the STAAR MASTER® products worked in your classroom. Also, please spread the word—many of our new customers are referred by teachers like you.



Your ECS Learning Systems Team

Proud makers of STAAR MASTER®