GOALS OF BILINGUAL EDUCATION
Description of Bilingual Education Program
The bilingual education program provides access to the state curriculum. Teachers must be specially trained to teach in bilingual education programs and meet the special language needs for their students. The program teaches English to ELLs using appropriate methods. It helps build knowledge and learning of academic subjects in the first language and English. In addition, it instills self-assurance, confidence and cultural pride in students. Student eligibility for the program is determined through the administration of an English language proficiency test, and parent permission is required for entrance into the program. All instruction utilizes the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) for the cultivation of English language skills and the promotion of academic success in all grade level content areas.
School districts in Texas are required by state law to assess the English language proficiency of all students whose Home Language Survey indicates that the home language is a language other than English.
If a child demonstrates limited English proficiency on the assessment, s/he will be eligible for enrollment in our English as a Second Language (ESL) Program.
Resources For Families
Region 8 Title III Resources and Information