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As of the 2007-2008 school year, Texas schools were home to more than 701,000 English language learners (ELLs), which marks a 38% increase from the 1997-1998 school year (NCELA, 2010). The top five languages or language groups spoken by ELLs in Texas are Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, German, and Korean (EPE, 2009).

State ELL Resources

State Agency: Texas Education Agency

ELL Websites:

Laws & Regulations

The following documents offer additional information about statewide ELL regulations:

ELL Identification

The following documents often guidance on ELL identification:

Home Language Survey: Home Language Surveys and What is a Home Language Survey? (TAC §89.1215)

Placement Exam: 2011-2012 List of Approved Tests for the Assessment of LEP Students

ELP Standards & Assessment

ELP Standards: English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS)

ELP Assessment: Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS)

ELL Instruction

Guidance on instruction is provided in TEC §29.051 – 29.064. In addition, see How many program models are in a bilingual education or ESL program?

Statewide Standards-Based Assessment

Assessment: State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR™), Student Assessment Division

Note: Beginning in spring 2012, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR™) will replace the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS).

ELL Accommodations: Accommodation Resources

Additional Information

NCELA: Title III Information

Common Core State Standards: No

Statewide Organizations

Hidalgo Early College Toolkit

Hidalgo ISD is a small, rural school district in South Texas where every student earns college credits before graduating from high school. After two years of collaboration with Hidalgo, Jobs for the Future is sharing the district's knowledge about what it takes to create college opportunity for all.

Houston A+ Challenge: Preparing to Dream

Program aiming to improve postsecondary access and success among low-income and first-generation college students in the Houston, TX region.

Mi Escuelita

Mi Escuelita is a Texas-based early childhood program dedicated to teaching English and early learning skills to at-risk children of all cultures to help them prepare for a successful school experience.

Texas AFT

The Texas Federation of Teachers is the Texas State Affiliate of the 1.3 million-member American Federation of Teachers and represents more than 57,000 members statewide.

Texas Association for Bilingual Education (TABE)

Through a balanced program of research, professional development, and public education, TABE pursues the implementation of educational policies and effective bilingual-bicultural programs that promote equal educational opportunity and academic excellence for bilingual/ESL students.

Texas Education Agency: Pre-Kindergarten Curriculum Guidelines

This website, created by the Texas Education Agency, outlines the state's Prekindergarten Curriculum Guidelines.

Texas Middle School Program for AP* Spanish

The Texas Middle School Program for AP Spanish engages native Spanish-speaking students in early preparation for college success. Its Web site shares program wisdom and resources so that other educators can design their own programs.

Texas State Parent Information Resource Centers

IDRA is an independent, non-profit organization that advocates for the right of every child to a quality education.

Texas State Teachers Association

Texas State Teachers Association is a National Education Association State Affiliate that regularly lobbies legislators for the resources schools need, campaigns for higher professional standards for the teaching profession, and files legal actions to protect academic freedom and the rights of school employees.


TexTESOL is an affiliate of TESOL with five regional affiliates. TESOL&s mission is to develop and maintain professional expertise in English language teaching and learning for speakers of other languages worldwide.


Editorial Projects in Education (EPE). "Most Common Non-English Languages Spoken by ELL Youths, by State." Perspectives on a Population: English-Language Learners in American Schools (Education Week's Quality Counts 2009 Report). Pg. 13. Retrieved from January 2009.

Office of English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement for Limited English Proficient Students. Texas Rate of EL Growth (1997/98-2007/08). Compiled July 2010 and retrieved from

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