Bilingual and English as a Second Language Education Programs
The English Learner Support Division provides direction and leadership with the implementation of Bilingual and English as a Second Language (ESL) Programs for English learners.
Newly Designed English Learner Web Portal ELLTX.ORG. Check out the new features and pathways for Parents & Families of English learners and Community Partners.
Single, Statewide Assessments for English Learners
Effective July 1, 2019, TAC 89.1225 on Testing and Classification of English Learners was replaced by TAC 89.1226 to incorporate the ESSA requirements for single, statewide assessments for identification and reclassification. These Explanatory Charts explain change from 89.1225 to 89.1226 related to identification and reclassification of English learners.
- To The Administrator Addressed (TAA) Correspondence - May 23, 2019 Announcement
- To The Administrator Addressed (TAA) Correspondence - August 8, 2019 Update
- Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) LAS Links Battery of Assessments (Texas-dedicated site)
Reclassification (Academic Achievement Component - Grades 1, 2, 11, and 12)
- To The Administrator Addressed (TAA) Correspondence - December 5, 2019
- Riverside Insights, Iowa Assessments, Form F (Texas-dedicated site)
TSDS PEIMS Revisions for 2019-2020 - English Learners and Bilingual Education and ESL Programs
- Explanatory video of revisions to the Texas Student Data System (TSDS) Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) for 2019-2020 related to ELs and BE/ESL programs (Running time: 29:58)
- PowerPoint used in explanatory video
- LEP/EL Decision Chart for the Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) with PEIMS codes (includes accessible version of flowchart)
- Code Guide for Bilingual and ESL Program Association (funding updates as of August 2019)
- Texas Education Data Standards (TEDS) Section 4 - Description of Codes (2019-2020 EL related code tables, including new funding code table updates)
2019-2020 TETN Schedule: English Learner Support Updates with LEAs and ESCs
The TEA English Learner Support Division welcomes Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and regional Education Service Centers (ESCs) to join our English Learner Support Update TETNs.
Program Requirement Resources
These resources, tools, and web pages provide guidance on bilingual and English as a second language (ESL) program requirements:
- Updated! FAQ for English Learners and LPAC (Released 11/08/2019)
- 2019-2020 Beginning-of-Year (BOY) LPAC Guidance Checklist (fillable)
- NEW! 2019-2020 Middle-of-Year (MOY) LPAC Guidance Checklist (fillable)
- 2019-2020 English Learner Reclassification Criteria Chart, including links to the English Learner Reclassification Rubric (fillable PDF) for the subjective teacher evaluation, English Learner Reclassification Rubric Training Video Presentation (35 minutes), and English Learner Reclassification Rubric Introduction and Training PowerPoint (used in training video)
- Building Bilingual and English as a Second Language (ESL) Programs as a Local Education Agency (LEA)
- Guidance on Identification and Placement of English Learners Prior to Kindergarten]
- NEW! This Side-By-Side Document provides guidance on allowable vs. unallowable use of Bilingual Education Allotment (state) and Title III, Part A (federal) funds. It serves as a tool for Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to align with each program's statutory authority, policies, and practices.
- NEW! This video explains newly-released, specific LPAC Guidance for Deaf or Hard of Hearing English Learners.
Program Requirement Resource Web pages
- Framework Manual for the Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) Process (outside source)
- Updated! Guidance Related to ARD Committee and LPAC Collaboration (web page) including the NEW Individualized Reclassification Process for a Student with a Significant Cognitive Disability (PDF) - begins on page 3 of Guidance on Identification/Reclassification: LPAC and ARD Committee Collaboration document
- Bilingual Education Exception and ESL Waiver Resources
- 2019 Required Summer School Program
- Updates on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) State Plan, Title III, Part A section
Program Implementation Resources
The TEA English Learner Support Division is continuously developing program implementation resources for Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to utilize in providing effective bilingual education and English as a second language (ESL) programs for English Learners that meet and exceed state requirements.
English learner program implementation resources, including reviews of literature and program implementation rubrics associated tools, can be accessed through the English Learner Program Implementation Resources web page.
The following statutes relate to bilingual and English as a second language (ESL) programs:
- Texas Education Code (TEC) §29.051 -29.064 - Bilingual Education and ESL Programs
- Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 89. Adaptations for Special Populations Subchapter BB. Commissioner's Rules Concerning State Plan for Educating English Learners (PDF, 167 KB)
Title III, Part A – English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement Act
Title III, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as reauthorized under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), aims to ensure that English learners (ELs) and immigrant students attain English proficiency and develop high levels of academic achievement in English. Title III will also assist all English learners meet the same challenging State academic standards that all children are expected to meet.
Division of English Learner Support
Phone: (512) 463-9414
Coordinator of English Learner Initiatives
ESL Program Coordinator
Bilingual Program Coordinator
Special Populations Division
Texas Education Agency
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78701-1401