THE ADMINISTRATOR ADDRESSED:
Subject: 2018 Summer
School Program for English Learners (ELs) in Kindergarten and First Grade
19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC), §89.1250, Required Summer School Programs, requires Local
Education Agencies (LEAs) to provide a summer school program for English
learners who will be eligible for admission to kindergarten or first grade at
the beginning of the next school year. LEAs required to offer a bilingual
education or special language program during the 2017-2018 school year, including
those with approved exceptions, must offer the summer school program. Funding
has been appropriated and reimbursements to LEAs will be processed in the fall
of 2018 through the Grants Administration Division.
Reimbursement amounts will be
based on teaching units with 18 students or a fraction thereof constituting a
unit. Since the appropriation for this program is a fixed amount, it will be
necessary to prorate unit allotments if enrollment exceeds projections. Based
on 2017 program costs, it is suggested that LEAs plan for reimbursements of approximately
$1,100 per unit. Business managers should be informed that the fund code is 289
and that payment to the LEA will be provided through direct deposit.
In accordance with 19 TAC §89.1250(3)(B),
LEAs operating a two-semester system are required to offer the program for
one-half day for eight weeks while school is recessed for the summer or for a
total of 120 hours of instruction on a schedule established by the board of
trustees. LEAs operating year-round schools are required to offer a program
during intercessions for a total of 120 hours of instruction.
For students who have not
attended school previously and need to be identified as English learners, 19 TAC §89.1225
requirements related to testing and classification of students must be followed.
The List of Approved Tests for Assessment
of English Learners is required for the identification process and can be
found on the Bilingual/ESL webpage at http://tea.texas.gov/bilingual/esl/education/ under the Documents section.
Please note that data will be
collected through the Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS)
for summer school 2018. “THE-BILINGUAL/ESL-SUMMER-SCHOOL-INDICATOR-CODE” is
included in the Student Program Extension as documented in the 2017-2018 TSDS
Data Standards to identify students participating in the Bilingual/ESL Summer
School Program. This indicator code is collected in Submission 4 only, and the
due date to TEA is August 30, 2018.
If you have any questions
regarding requirements, please contact Susie Coultress, State Director of
Bilingual/English as a Second Language/Title III, at (512) 463-9414. Questions
regarding the PEIMS submission should be submitted through the TSDS Incident
Management System (TIMS), which is available within the TSDS portal. Funding questions
may be submitted to the TEA
of Special Populations