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 emergent bilingual (EB) students/English learners (ELs).


Check out the English Learner Web Portal TXEL.ORG for continuously updated resources for Teachers, Leaders, Parents & Families of English learners, and Community Partners. 

    Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) Guidance and Resources - Current School Year

    2020-2021 LPAC Resources

    2021-2022 English Learner Support Update Meetings 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 Meetings. See our EL Portal for dates, meeting links, presentations, and recordings. 


    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 emergent bilingual students/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

    Julie Lara, Ph.D.
    Director of English Learner Support

    Carlene Thomas
    ESL Program Coordinator  

    Amy Johnson
    Bilingual Program Coordinator

    Xochitl Anabel Rocha, Ed.D.
    Dual Language Coordinator

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