Nov 1, 2015
THE ADMINISTRATOR ADDRESSED:
Bilingual Education Exceptions/Waivers for English as a Second Language
Districts and charter schools are required to identify
students who are English language learners (ELL) and to serve each student
through bilingual education or English as a second language (ESL) programs
(Texas Education Code (TEC) Chapter 29, Subchapter B).
A district or charter school that does not have the
appropriately certified teachers to serve ELL students in accordance with Texas
Administrative Code (TAC) §89.1205 must apply to Texas Education Agency (TEA)
for a bilingual exception and/or ESL waiver. This application must be made each
year there is a need for an exception and/or waiver.
Education Program Exception: Districts or charter schools that are unable
to provide bilingual certified teachers to implement the bilingual program in
the elementary grades are required by 19 TAC §89.1207(a) to request from the
commissioner of education an exception to the bilingual education program and
approval to offer an alternative program.
Program Waiver: Districts
or charter schools that are unable to provide ESL certified teachers to
implement the ESL program are required by 19 TAC §89.1207(b) to request
from the commissioner of education a waiver of the certification requirements
for teachers who will provide ESL instruction.
The 2015-2016 Bilingual Education Exception/ESL Waiver
Application and instructions are now available on the TEA Bilingual and English
as a Second Language Education Programs webpage at http://tea.texas.gov/bilingual/esl/education/.
All applications are due on or before November 1,
2015, and must be submitted to the TEA as an email attachment to: BilingualExceptions_ESLWaivers@tea.texas.gov.
The district Bilingual/ESL contact person may complete
the exception/waiver application, but all completed applications must be
submitted to the TEA in an email directly from the superintendent.
If you have questions or need additional information
regarding Bilingual Education Exceptions and/or ESL Waivers, please contact
Susie Coultress, State Director of Bilingual/ESL/Title III/Migrant Education,
at (512) 463-9581.
Standards and Programs