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