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.
Bilingual Education Exception and ESL Waiver Application - Due November 1st, 2019
- Bilingual Education Exception and ESL Waiver Resources web page (includes application, instructions, and resources)
- To The Administrator Addressed (TAA) Correspondence
Single Statewide Assessment for Identification 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)
Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 89, Subchapter BB Updates
Effective July 1, 2019, TAC 89.1225 on Testing and Classification of English Learners will be replaced by TAC 89.1226 to incorporate the ESSA requirements for single, statewide assessments for identification and reclassification.
- Full version of TAC Chapter 89, Subchapter BB with 89.1226
- Explanatory Charts for change from 89.1225 to 89.1226 related to identification and reclassification of ELs
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:
- FAQ for English Learners and LPAC (Released 12/18/2018) - Update Coming Soon!
- For closing out the 2018-2019 school year, LPACs will utilize the 2018-2019 English Learner Reclassification Criteria Chart and 2018-2019 End-of-Year (EOY) LPAC Guidance Checklist.
- NEW! 2019-2020 Beginning-of-Year (BOY) 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)
- NEW! Guidance on Identification and Placement of English Learners Prior to Kindergarten
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 - Application and updated resources posted!
- 2019 Required Summer School Program
- Updates on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) State Plan, Title III, Part A section
- 2018-2019 List of Approved Tests for the Assessment of English Learners (Only to be used in accordance with this To The Administrator Addressed Correspondence from August 8, 2019)
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 currently under revision following the Dual Language Immersion (DLI) Programs and Sheltered Instruction in English as a Second Language (ESL) Programs Pilot Projects, including reviews of literature and drafts of program implementation rubrics associated tools, can be accessed through the English Learner Program Implementation Resources web page. Revised rubrics and additional tools coming soon!
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