Texas: ELL Resources

Map of Texas

As of the 2016-2017 school year, Texas’s schools were home to more than 922,000 English language learners. As of the 2014-2015 school year, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in Texas were Spanish, Vietnamese, Arabic, Chinese, and Urdu. (U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics)

State ELL Resources

State Agency: Texas Education Agency

ELL Websites:

ELP Standards & Assessment

ELP Standards: TELPAS

Assessment: Information on State Assessments for ELLs

Statewide Standards-Based Assessment

Assessment: State Testing

Additional Information

NCELA: Title III Information

Common Core State Standards: No

ESSA: Texas ESSA State Plan

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 Partners Resource Network

Partners Resource Network is a non-profit agency that operates the Texas statewide network of Parent Training and Information Centers

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.

Texas: Seal of Biliteracy

Texas adopted the Seal of Biliteracy in 2013. The Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by a school, district, or state in recognition of students who have studied and attained proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation.

Note: Regulations change with time. These guidelines were compiled in January of 2012 and updated in January 2020. If you see something that needs updating, please send an e-mail to Colorín Colorado. For more detailed information regarding ELL guidelines and policies at the state and federal levels, please see the following:


National Center for Education Statistics. (2018.) English language learner (ELL) students enrolled in public elementary and secondary schools, by state: Selected years, fall 2000 through fall 2016. 

U.S. Department of Education. Our Nation’s English Learners. Most Common Non-English Languages Spoken by English Learners.