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 TXEL.ORG. Check out the new features and pathways for Parents & Families of English learners and Community Partners.
Updated Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) Guidance and Resources
- See TEA COVID-19 Support: Special Populations web page for continuously updated LPAC guidance for the 2020-2021 school year
- New! 2020-2021 Beginning-of-Year (BOY) LPAC Guidance Checklist
- Revised 2019-2020 end-of-year and reclassification resources
- 2019-2020 End-of-Year (EOY) LPAC Guidance Checklist (fillable)
- 2019-2020 English Learner Reclassification Updated Criteria and Guidance
- Updated Training Video: English Learner Reclassification 2019-2020 (April 2020)
- Updated Training PowerPoint: English Learner Reclassification 2019-2020 (April 2020)
- English Learner Reclassification Rubric (fillable PDF) for subjective teacher evaluation portion of reclassification criteria
- English Learner Reclassification Rubric ALTERNATE (fillable PDF) for students with significant cognitive disabilities as part of the Individualized Reclassification Process
New! 2020-2021 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 11/08/2019)
- 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
- 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.
- This video explains newly-released, specific LPAC Guidance for Deaf or Hard of Hearing English Learners.
- Bilingual Education Certification Pathways
- TSDS PEIMS Revisions for 2019-2020
- Explanatory video (Running time: 29:58) and PowerPoint
- LEP/EL Decision Chart LPAC with PEIMS codes
- Code Guide for Bilingual and ESL Program Association (Revised July 2020)
- Texas Education Data Standards (TEDS) Section 4 - Description of Codes (2019-2020 EL related code tables, including new funding code table updates)
Program Requirement Resource Web pages
- Framework Manual for the Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) Process (outside source)
- Guidance Related to ARD Committee and LPAC Collaboration (web page)
- Bilingual Education Exception and ESL Waiver Resources
- Updates on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) State Plan, Title III, Part A section
- Single, Statewide Assessments for English Learners
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
Julie Lara-Martinez, Ph.D.
Director of English Learner Support
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