TEA Updates and Region 7 Workshops
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English Learner Program Implementation Resources
The TEA English Learner Support Division is thrilled to announce the release of newly developed implementation resources for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) Programs and for Sheltered Instruction in English as a Second Language (ESL) Programs, per the Commissioner’s Initiative to support Local Education Agencies (LEAs) in effective programming for English learners (ELs).
- reviews of literature for bilingual education programs and ESL programs,
- program implementation rubrics for DLI and for ESL
- associated rubric scoring tools.
As you visit the TEA Bilingual and ESL Programs webpage, you may also notice that the information and materials have been reorganized to accommodate for growing resources developed by the English Learner Support Division.
NEW and UPDATED Resources for LEA Leaders - Bilingual and ESL Programs
On the TEA Bilingual/ESL Programs webpage, the Allowable Use of Bilingual Education Allotment (BEA) Funds for Comprehensive Professional Development Plan document has been updated (November). The previous version of this document provided guidance that LEAs filing for both the bilingual education exception and the ESL waiver would be required to utilize a total of 20% of their BEA funds for their comprehensive professional development (PD) plans (10% for bilingual and 10% for ESL). Given the timeline of the release of this information, the Commissioner has approved for an adjustment in the guidance for the 2018-2019 school year, allowing for LEAs filing for both the bilingual education exception and the ESL waiver to utilize a total of 10% of their BEA funds for their comprehensive PD plans. The updated document reflects this change. Further guidance on BEA funds for PD to LEAs applying for both the bilingual exception and ESL waiver for the 2019-2020 school year will be forthcoming.
NEW Resource for District Leadership
Related to districts who have filed bilingual education exceptions and/or ESL waivers, the TEA English Learner Support Division has developed a new resource for superintendents and other LEA leadership entitled Building Bilingual and English as a Second Language (ESL) Programs as a Local Education Agency (LEA) . This resource serves as an overview guide that provides clear, succinct guidelines on how to best serve English learners as an LEA by building bilingual and ESL programs and how to move away from the necessity of filing annual bilingual education exceptions and/or English as a Second Language (ESL) waivers.
ESL TExES Exam Information
The test number is 154 - English as a Second Language Supplemental
You may search for test locations and available dates, access test review information and take a practice exam on the website.
In order to register for an exam, you must create an account on this website and will need to know your 7 digit TEA ID number. To access your TEA ID number, sign into your TEAL account on the SBEC website: https://tealprod.tea.state.tx.us/TSP/TEASecurePortal/Access/LogonServlet
K-6 Spanish language arts and reading TEKS resources
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has posted the Kindergarten-Grade 6 Spanish language arts and reading TEKS, Adopted 2017, and the K-6 vertical alignment document in Spanish. You can find these resources on TEA's TEKS in Spanish webpage. For your convenience, we’ve included a link to the webpage:
Languages Other Than English (LOTE)
Dual Language Program LOTE Credit
A student may satisfy one credit of the two LOTE credits required for graduation by successfully completing a dual language immersion program at elementary school.
For more information, see the Languages Other Than English FAQ document, question # 14.
§74.12. Foundation High School Program (b.5.F)
In June 2018, the SBOE gave final approval to amendments to Foundation High School Program requirements. Among other changes, the SBOE added Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science Principles, AP Computer Science A, International Baccalaureate (IB) Computer Science Standard Level, and IB Computer Science Higher Level to the list of computer programming languages that may meet the languages other than English (LOTE) requirement (TAC 74.12(b)(5)(A)(ii)). The amended rule was effective August 27, 2018.
UPDATED- FAQ for English Learners and LPAC- Released 12/18/2018
Title III Allowable Use of Funds FAQ (revised January 2019)