89.1201 POLICY

(a)  It is the policy of the state that every student in the state who has a home language other than English and who is identified as an English language learner shall be provided a full opportunity to participate in a bilingual education or English as a second language (ESL) program, as required in the Texas Education Code (TEC), Chapter 29, Subchapter B. To ensure equal educational opportunity, as required in the TEC, §1.002(a), each school district shall:

(1)  identify English Learners based on criteria established by the state;

(2)  provide bilingual education and ESL programs, as integral parts of the regular program as described in the TEC, §4.002;

(3)  seek certified teaching personnel to ensure that English Learners are afforded full opportunity to master the essential knowledge and skills required by the state; and

(4)  assess achievement for essential knowledge and skills in accordance with the TEC, Chapter 39, to ensure accountability for English Learners and the schools that serve them.

(b)  The goal of bilingual education programs shall be to enable English Learners to become competent in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in the English language through the development of literacy and academic skills in the primary language and English. Such programs shall emphasize the mastery of English language skills, as well as mathematics, science, and social studies, as integral parts of the academic goals for all students to enable English Learners to participate equitably in school.

(c)  The goal of ESL programs shall be to enable English Learners to become competent in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in the English language through the integrated use of second language methods. The ESL program shall emphasize the mastery of English language skills, as well as mathematics, science, and social studies, as integral parts of the academic goals for all students to enable English Learners to participate equitably in school.

(d)  Bilingual education and ESL programs shall be integral parts of the total school program. Such programs shall use instructional approaches designed to meet the special needs of English Learners. The basic curriculum content of the programs shall be based on the essential knowledge and skills required by the state.

Source: The provisions of this §89.1201 adopted to be effective September 1, 1996, 21 TexReg 5700; amended to be effective May 28, 2012, 37 TexReg 3822.

 

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