Spanish Language Support
This web page provides resources and guidance to support high-quality academic programs for students whose first language is Spanish. Resources include K-6 Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) in both Spanish and English as well as Spanish resources related to STAAR tests. Guidance is provided regarding English Learners Language Arts (ELLA) courses, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses, and the English Language Development and Acquisition (ELDA) course.
If you need information about Spanish high school courses, please refer to the Language Other Than English (LOTE) web page.
- Instructional Materials Review Update: Sign up today to attend a focus group for the Instructional Materials Review and Approval (IMRA) rubrics. House Bill 1605 (88th Texas Legislature, Regular, 2023) requires the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to develop rubrics in consultation with and approved by the State Board of Education that will be used to evaluate the quality of instructional materials.
TEA was directed by the SBOE to develop rubrics for K–8 English language arts and reading, K–6 Spanish language arts and reading, and K–12 mathematics. TEA is seeking your feedback on the draft IMRA rubrics and is hosting focus groups for educators, education service centers, and publishers. If you would like to attend, please register for one of the sessions below.
Educator Focus Groups: English and Spanish Language Arts and Reading
- Apply for Texas Assessment Educator Committees: Each year the Texas Education Agency (TEA) invites Texas educators to provide feedback on the development of state assessments (STAAR, STAAR Alternate 2, and TELPAS) through educator committees across all assessed grades and content areas. Developing high-quality, aligned questions relies on the expertise and experience of Texas educators. Participants collaborate with other educators from across the state to review, edit, and approve each potential question for state assessments. TEA is specifically looking for educators from your region!
The commitment is generally two to three days in Austin with all travel, accommodations, and substitute coverage paid for by TEA. All participants will earn Continuing Professional Education credits. If you are interested or know other educators who would like to participate in a committee, fill out the application form on the TEA Texas Educator Committees webpage.
For assistance with your questions about any Texas assessment program, please submit an inquiry or a request for assistance to the Student Assessment Help Desk or by phone: 512-463-9536.
TEKS in Spanish and TEKS Resources
TEKS for K-6 Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies
The web page links below provide access to English and Spanish versions of the K-6 Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.
- Chapter 128. Spanish Language Arts and English as a Second Language
- Chapter 111. Mathematics
- Chapter 112. Science
- Chapter 113. Social Studies
Vertical Alignment Documents
The following vertical alignment documents were created to reflect the alignment of the new English and Spanish language arts and reading TEKS across grade levels, kindergarten – grade 12.
Vertical alignment: K-12 English language arts and reading TEKS, Adopted 2017 (PDF, 236KB)
Vertical alignment: K-12 Spanish language arts and reading TEKS), Adopted 2017 (PDF, 236KB)
The purpose of the TEKS Guide is to help teachers understand each student expectation in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and to provide valuable resources to support instruction. Currently, the TEKS Guide includes resources for K-6 Spanish Language Arts and K-8 English Language Arts.
English/Spanish Glossaries for Terms in the K-6 TEKS
English and Spanish STAAR Spanish Resources
Please use the links below to access English and Spanish STAAR resources for reading language arts assessments, mathematics assessments, and science assessments.
- STAAR Reading Language Arts Resources
- STAAR Mathematics Resources
- Science Assessed Curriculum
- Released STAAR Tests
Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 128 Frequently Asked Questions
The following section address some of the most frequently asked questions related to the Middle School and High School TEKS based course offerings as implemented by the Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Chapter 128, Spanish Language Arts and English as a Second Language.
1. What are the grades 7 and 8 English Learners Language Arts (ELLA) courses?
The grades 7 and 8 ELLA (TAC §128.22 and TAC §128.23) are two TEKS based courses that became available to districts and charter schools beginning in the 2019-2020 school year. These courses address all of the Chapter 110 English Language Arts and Reading TEKS for grades 7 and 8 and have additional student expectations to support second language acquisition.
2. What are the PEIMS numbers for ELLA?
The TSDS PEIMS service id for grade 7 ELLA is 03200531.
The TSDS PEIMS service id for grade 8 ELLA is 03200532.
3. Are the ELLA courses required?
No. The grades 7 and 8 ELLA courses are options for school districts and charter schools with emergent bilingual (EB) students.
4. Does a student who takes the one of ELLA courses have to take the corresponding grade level STAAR Reading assessments?
Yes. A student must take the corresponding STAAR assessments. Being enrolled in ELLA does not prevent a student from participating in the STAAR program.
5. Where can I find certification information about teaching assignments for ELLA?
For ELLA, please check the Texas Administrative Code, §231.47.
6. What are the English for Speakers of Other Languages I and II (ESOL I and II) courses?
ESOL I and ESOL II (TAC §128.34 and TAC §128.35) are TEKS based high school courses for students who are at the beginning or intermediate level of English language proficiency . These courses address all of the TEKS for English I and English II and have additional student expectations to support second language acquisition.
7. What are the PEIMS numbers for ESOL I-II?
The TSDS PEIMS service id for ESOL I is 03200600.
The TSDS PEIMS service id for ESOL II is 03200700.
8. Are the ESOL I and II courses required?
No. The ESOL I and ESOL II courses are options for school districts and charter schools with EB students.
9. Does a student who successfully completes ESOL I and/or ESOL II receive credit toward high school graduation? Students who are at the beginning or intermediate level of English language proficiency may satisfy the English I and English II at graduation requirements by successfully completing ESOL I and II respectively. (TAC §74.12(b)(1)) Please note that all STAAR assessment requirements still apply.
10. Does a student who takes ESOL I or II have to take the corresponding grade level STAAR assessment?
Yes. A student who completes ESOL I or II must take the corresponding STAAR reading language arts assessment. Being enrolled in ESOL does not exempt a student from participating in the STAAR program.
11.Is an emergent bilingual (EB) student who enrolls in ESOL I required to perform satisfactorily on the STAAR English I assessment in order to graduate?
No. Although an EB student who is enrolled in ESOL I is required to take the corresponding STAAR English I assessment, in accordance with TAC §101.1007 an eligible EB student can use the English I End-of-Course Assessment Special Provision and meet the STAAR graduation requirements even if they did not meet the passing standard on the English I assessment. For more information on the special provision, please see the Commissioner’s Rules Concerning the Participation of English Language.
12. Is enrollment in ESOL I a requirement to qualify for the English I End-of-Course Assessment Special Provision?
Not necessarily. An EL student enrolled in either an English I or ESOL I course could potentially qualify (TAC §101.1007). For more information on the special provision, please see the Commissioner’s Rules Concerning the Participation of English Language.
13. Is an EL student enrolled in ESOL II required to pass the STAAR English II end-of-course assessment if the student used the English I End-of-Course Assessment Special Provision?
Yes. The special provision only applies to the English I assessment and therefore an EB student must still pass the English II assessment in order to meet the state assessment graduation requirement. For more information about special provision, see page 8 of the 2023-2024 LPAC Decisions Educator Guide. Please note that some students may be eligible for graduation via a determination by an individual graduation committee (IGC). For more information on IGCs, please see the Individual Graduation Committees Frequently Asked Questions.
14. Where can I find certification information about teaching assignments for ESOL?
For ESOL, please check the Texas Administrative Code, §231.123.
15. What is the English Language Development and Acquisition (ELDA) course?
The English Language Development and Acquisition course (TAC §128.36) is a new high school TEKS based course that became available to districts and charter schools beginning in the 2020-2021 school year. ELDA was designed to provide instructional opportunities for recent immigrant students with little or no English proficiency.
16. What are the PEIMS numbers for ELDA?
The TSDS PEIMS service id number the first time that the ELDA course is taken is 03200800. If ELDA is taken a second time, the TSDS PEIMS service id number is 03200810.
17. Is ELDA a required course in high school?
No. ELDA is an option for school districts and charter schools with EB students that are recent immigrants with little or no English proficiency.
18. Do students earn credit toward graduation if they successfully complete ELDA?
Yes. ELDA will satisfy state elective credit requirements for graduation. A student may earn a maximum of two credits if the course is taken concurrently with two different language arts and reading courses.
19. Can ELDA be offered in earlier grades?
Yes. According to TAC §74.26(b), school districts and charter schools may offer grades 9-12 courses at earlier grade levels. If a student successfully completes the ELDA course prior to high school, districts and charter schools are required to award credit and include it in the student’s transcript.
20. What are the requirements for ELDA?
ELDA must be taken concurrently with a corequisite language arts and reading course from Chapters 128 or 110. The recommended corequisites are ESOL I and ESOL II, though ELDA may be paired with other state-approved English or Spanish language arts and reading courses as appropriate.
21. What instructional resources are available for ELLA and ELDA courses?
No ELLA or ELDA instructional materials were adopted by the State Board of Education through Proclamation 2019 or Proclamation 2020, so currently those materials are not available on the adopted list. Districts should choose materials that best meet their expectations and the needs of their students.
22. Where can I find certification information about teaching assignments for ELDA?
For ELDA, please check the Texas Administrative Code, §231.125.
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