Interactive Flowchart - English

Every new student to Texas Schools

Limited English Proficient (LEP) identification and placement of student must occur within 4 weeks or 20 school days of student’s enrollment

One Home Language Survey (HLS) must be given in English and in native language

The HLS must contain, at minimum, the following questions:

  1. What language is spoken in your home most of the time?
  2. What language does your child speak most of the time?

If responses to HLS indicate English no testing is required

If any response to the HLS indicates a language other than English the student must be tested

If any response to the HLS indicates a language other than English the student must be tested

PreK-1st = Oral Language Proficient Test (OLPT)

2nd-12th = OLPT + Norm Referenced Standardized Achievement Test (NRT)

Districts that provide Bilingual education must administer the OLPT in English and Spanish

If language is other than Spanish use informal oral assessment measures

Test must be administered by a trained professional or paraprofessional proficient in the language of the test

Both tests must be Texas Education Agency approved tests

Each school district is required to offer bilingual education and special language program (ESL) shall establish an LPAC.

The LPAC is composed of a:

  • campus administrator*
  • professional bilingual educator*
  • ESL teacher/professional transitional language educator*
  • parent of a current ELL participating in the required bilingual or special language program (ESL)
    • this parent may not be an employee of the school district*

*All members must be present!

19 TAC §89.1220
TEC §29.063

PK-1st: the OLPT is below the designated level indicating limited English proficiency

2nd -12th: the OLPT is below the designated level AND the NRT is below the 40th percentile (or English is so limited the test is not valid)

PK-1st: student scores above the designated level indicating limited English proficiency on the OLPT

2nd -12th: student scores above the designated level indicating limited English proficiency on the OLPT and student scores above the 40th percentile on the NRT

Parent must be notified that their child has been classified as LEP and recommended for placement in either a Bilingual education program or an ESL program

Parent must be provided with:

  • student’s level of English proficiency
  • description of the program
  • benefits of the program

For additional information see §89.1240

For additional information see §89.1210

For additional information see §89.1210

Written parental approval must be obtained including date and signature

The date identifies the student’s official Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) status as LEP

Written parental approval must be obtained including date and signature

The date identifies the student’s official Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) status as LEP

Parent does not grant student permission to participate in a Bilingual program

Parent grants permission for student to participate in a Bilingual program

Parent grants permission for student to participate in an ESL program

Parent does not grant student permission to participate in an ESL program

Parents and campus staff meet to discuss Bilingual program benefits

Bilingual education goals:

  • Enable LEP students to become competent in comprehension, speaking, reading, and composition of English through the development of literacy and academic skills in the primary language and English
  • Emphasize mastery of English language skills, as well as math, science, and social studies
  • Use instructional approaches designed to meet the needs of LEP students
  • Be an integral part of the total school program
  • Utilize the essential skills and knowledge required by the state as the curriculum

ESL program goals:

  • Enable LEP students to become competent in the comprehension, speaking, reading, and composition of English
  • Emphasize mastery of English language skills, as well as math, science, and social studies
  • Use instructional approaches designed to meet the needs of LEP students
  • Be an integral part of the total school program
  • Utilize the essential skills and knowledge required by the state as the curriculum

Parents and campus staff meet to discuss ESL program benefits

Parent denies student participation in a Bilingual program

  • student continues to be classified as LEP until he/she meets exit criteria
  • must monitor and facilitate the educational process as you would for all students
  • must annually rate student’s language domains using TELPAS
  • The student is identified as LEP and is coded in PEIMS as a parent denial

Parent denies student participation in a ESL program

  • student continues to be classified as LEP until he/she meets exit criteria
  • must monitor and facilitate the educational process as you would for all students
  • must annually rate student’s language domains using TELPAS
  • The student is identified as LEP and is coded in PEIMS as a parent denial

Students may not exit a Bilingual program in PK and Kindergarten A student may only be considered for reclassification (Non-LEP) by the LPAC committee at the end of the school year based on the following criteria:

  • English language proficiency according to a state approved OLPT
  • English proficiency in reading, writing
  • subjective teacher evaluation

Students may not exit an ESL program in PK and Kindergarten A student may only be considered for reclassification (Non-LEP) by the LPAC committee at the end of the school year based on the following criteria:

  • English language proficiency according to a state approved OLPT
  • English proficiency in reading, writing
  • subjective teacher evaluation
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Once the LPAC committee reclassifies a student as Non-LEP:

  • parents must be notified that the student has met exit criteria
  • written parental approval must be obtained
  • LPAC Committee must monitor the exited student’s progress for two years (on both Bilingual and ESL)
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Once the LPAC committee reclassifies a student as Non-LEP:

  • parents must be notified that the student has met exit criteria
  • written parental approval must be obtained
  • LPAC Committee must monitor the exited student’s progress for two years (on both Bilingual and ESL)