2018-2019 TEA has clarified the acceptable elements of a secondary ESL program. Southside ISD is committed to offering a quality ESL program for our EL students and therefore will make adjustments to meet the TEA required elements.
Information about Bilingual and English as a Second Language Education Programs can be found on the TEA website.
Below is an excerpt describing the allowable methods of instruction English Learner students at the secondary level. Southside ISD has applied for a waiver for the 2018-2019 school year which was approved by the board of managers. However, we must move toward filling the requirements of the program. Southside ISD will have a ESL pull-out program where ELs receive ELAR instruction from a ESL certified teacher through Inclusion as highlighted in the document below.
Do all teachers of English learners need to be ESL certified?
Do all English Language Arts and Reading (ELAR) teachers need to be ESL certified?
TAC 89.1210 (d) provides the descriptions for the two state-approved ESL program models that apply to ESL programs in prekindergarten through twelfth grade: ESL content-based and ESL pull-out.
- To meet compliance standard for an ESL content-based program, ELs would need to receive all content instruction by an ESL certified teacher(s), which includes ELAR, mathematics, science, and social studies.
- To meet compliance standard for an ESL pull-out program, ELs would need to receive ELAR instruction by an ESL certified teacher(s). The pull-out model compliance standards can be met in three ways.
- Inclusion: The ELAR teacher is also ESL certified and provides the ESL support within the classroom.
- Co-teaching: The ELAR teacher co-teaches with an ESL certified teacher who provides the full-time ESL support within the classroom.
- Pull-out: If the ELAR teacher is not ESL certified, ELs have an additional ESL course that provides ELAR instruction by a teacher who is certified in ELAR and ESL. * Important notes: For ESL pull-out and ESL content-based, when the ELAR TEKS are split between two teachers, an English language arts (ELA) teacher and a reading teacher, ESL certification is required for both the ELA teacher and the reading teacher if no other ESL support is provided through co-teaching by an ESL teacher or pull-out by an additional ESL course. This only applies when the required ELAR TEKS have been split and are taught by two teachers in order to meet the required curriculum (typically in 7th grade, for example); this does not apply to additional reading intervention courses that are not part of the required curriculum.
- English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) I and ESOL II must be taught by ESL certified teachers.
A teacher who had the waiver for ESL certification for the 2018-2019 school year may not have a waiver for the next school year. Therefore it is necessary that individuals who teacher ELA attempt and pass the ESL or the Bilingual exams. Training classes (Face to Face) will help you prepare to take the TExES exam and will be held in PDC Room 100 from 8:30-3:30.
- January 19, 2019, ESL
- February 16, 2019, ESL
- March 13, 2019, ESL
- April 13, 2019, BTLPT
- June 17, 2019, ESL
- July 9, 2019, ESL
In addition to the above-mentioned training opportunities the following will be supported:
- BTLPT TExES Online Review-Spanish @ ESC 20 (Registration open through August 2019 @ No Cost to SISD staff).
- BTLPT Connect 20 session #54212
This 6-hour self-paced course is designed to help educators as they prepare for the TExES #190, Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test. Participants will become familiarized with the educator standards of the BTLPT framework. In addition, this online review course offers participants the opportunity to practice the four domains tested on the Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test: Listening Comprehension, Reading Comprehension, Oral Expression, and Written Expression. A certificate is issued upon completion via Connect 20.
A Certification Support reimbursement of $200 will be offered to teachers who successfully complete their ESL or Bilingual Supplemental Certification /BTLPT through the SBOE and who are servicing English Learners by helping them improve their language and academic achievement.
All Certification Support Reimbursements will be paid IF THE EMPLOYEE RETURNS TO SISD the following school year in which the certification is obtained and recorded on the individuals SBOE record of certifications.
- Upon passing the test teachers must apply for the certificate and show evidence of the certification(s) being placed on their SBOE official record of Educator certificates.
- Teachers will turn in all receipts for materials and fees associated with obtaining the specialty certification and complete the Certification Support Reimbursement Application Form.