Parents & Families

This section of the web portal provides relevant information and accessible resources for parents and families of English learners to support the education of their child.

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How is a child identified as an English learner?
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What are the differences between the bilingual and English as a Second Language (ESL) programs?

A child is identified as an English learner. Then the child is placed in either a bilingual program or an ESL program. For more information about these programs, select the appropriate brochure, below:


How and when are English learners assessed in Texas?

English learners take the same state assessments as all other children in Texas, currently known as the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR. For parent-friendly information on this assessment, visit the Texas Assessment website.

All English learners are also assessed using the Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System, or TELPAS. This assessment measures the progress English learners are making in learning the English language. For information on the STAAR and TELPAS, visit the Information on State Assessments for English Learners web page.

The following resources in English and Spanish provide parents with information on the Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS).

For information that explains the assessment, English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS), Proficiency Level Descriptors (PLDs), and accommodations, visit the​ ​TELPAS FAQs for Parents in English and ​TELPAS FAQs for Parents in Spanish​.
For information on how parents can prepare their child for TELPAS, visit TELPAS Parent Tips in English and TELPAS Parent Tips in Spanish.
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Are three or four-year-old English learners eligible to attend prekindergarten?

Yes. Some schools provide a prekindergarten program for 3-year-olds, and some for 4-year-olds. English learners who are at least three years of age as of September 1 of the current school year may be eligible to attend a prekindergarten program, if offered for 3-year-olds.

For a full list of eligibility requirements for free public school kindergarten, visit the Prekindergarten Eligibility and Attendance web page.


What programs are available in my area to help adult members of my family learn English?

Some school districts in Texas provide Adult ESL classes for parents of English learners. Check with your school district to see if classes are offered in your area.

In addition, Texas has twenty Education Service Centers (ESCs) throughout the state to support the educational needs of our communities. Every ESC offers adult ESL classes in their region. For information about the services available in your school district, click on the region for your school district on the map.

If you need assistance determining your region, click on the School District Locator web page. Then click on the School District Locator map page. Zoom out to view the school districts within each of the twenty regions.

Regions to select Edinburg Corpus Christi Victoria Houston Beaumont Huntsville Kilgore Pleasant Wichita Falls Richardson White Settlement Waco Austin Abilene San Angelo Amarillo Lubbock Midland El Paso San Antonio

Hover over your region, then click to access information on Adult ESL classes