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. 

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. 


     Reclassification (Academic Achievement Component - Grades 1, 2, 11, and 12)

 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:


Program Requirement Resource Web pages  


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. 


Program Statutes   

The following statutes relate to bilingual and English as a second language (ESL) programs:  


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.

Contact Information

Division of English Learner Support
Phone: (512) 463-9414

Contact Information

Roberto Manzo
Coordinator of English Learner Initiatives

Carlene Thomas
ESL Program Coordinator  

Amy Johnson
Bilingual Program Coordinator

Special Populations Division
Texas Education Agency
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78701-1401