ELPS Academy on Texas Gateway

TEA has released the ELPS Academy on the Texas Gateway.

The ELPS Academy is designed to assist participants in understanding how the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) provide cross-curricular second language acquisition essential knowledge and skills for listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Participants will also examine a common framework to follow when working with English language learners in content area classrooms. Participants who successfully complete all modules and the assessment will earn 3 continuing professional education (CPE) credits.

Participants may join the course at the following URL:

http://www.texascourses.org/courses/course-v1:TexasGateway+ELPS-AC+2016_T1/about

If you need assistance or have any additional questions, please contact the Texas Gateway team at txgateway@tea.texas.gov

English & Spanish Language Arts/Reading and ESL TEKS Review

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The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is now accepting applications from individuals interested in serving on the TEKS review committees for the review and revision of the English language arts and reading TEKS and the Spanish language arts and reading and English as a second language (ESL) TEKS. Nominations to serve on a committee will be made by SBOE members later this year.

The English Language Arts and Reading TEKS Review Committee Application is posted on theEnglish Language Arts and Reading TEKS webpage.

The Spanish Language Arts and Reading and ESL TEKS Review Committee Application is posted on the Spanish Language Arts and Reading and ESL TEKS webpage.

More information is available by visiting this link. 

Save The Date! 2015 Title III Symposium July 28-29, 2015

Registration is now open for the 2015 Title III Symposium being held July 28-29, 2015 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas. There will be early check-in and packet pickup on Monday, July 27th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

This year’s event will contain informational breakout sessions that will help provide educators and administrators from Texas Title III-funded school districts and charter schools throughout the state with relevant, research-based information to help them better serve our state’s English language learners (ELLs). Session information will be made available on the conference website at http://www.title3.esc2.net/ in the coming weeks.

Please click below for the flyer containing more information and hotel accommodations:

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To register for the Symposium, please visit https://www.escweb.net/tx_r2/catalog/conference.aspx?conference_id=1286069.

LPAC Decision-Making Process for State Assessments 2014-2015 Training

Dates: January 29, 2015 and February 4, 2015

The purpose of Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) training is to provide educators and parents with updated information and requirements that must be considered in making assessment decisions for Limited English Proficient Students. Participants will examine Chapter 89: The Commissioner’s Rules Concerning State Plan for Educating Limited English Proficient Students and review the LPAC Decision-making Manual for State Assessments. The successful completion of this LPAC training will certify each participant as an LPAC member and trainer of trainers.

Register now for the Face-to-Face Session on January 29, 2015 (eCampus: SP1529912) or via Distance Learning (SP1529913)

Register now for the Face-to-Face Session on February 4, 2015 (eCampus: SP1529914) or via Distance Learning (SP1529915)

Assessment Pathways of English Language Learners

Good afternoon!  In our efforts to bring you assessment/accountability information in an ongoing fashion, we  have a new video for you!  This video summarizes the changes to the assessment systems that English language learners participate in and gives a brief overview of how ELLs will be included in 2014 accountability. Please use the link below to access the video.  You will need to scroll down until you see the video “Assessment Pathways for Enlish Langauge Learners”.

http://new.livestream.com/accounts/1405546/events/2774250

In the event that you want to share the information with your district, please use the links below to access the power point and the TEA chart.  Please selece the May curriculum council meeting and scroll down until you see the heading “Assessment Pathways for English Language Learners.”

http://www4.esc13.net/cc/meetings/

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“Did you know?”

There is never enough time to search for the information you need to know when changes have been made in the world of bilingual/ESL education.  In this column “Did you know?” you will find links to changes in the laws or useful information you can use in the classroom.  Enjoy the “quick” search.

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Changes to calculating years in U.S. Schools, ELL Progress Measure Updates

Good afternoon!

In the past month, TEA has shared some updates pertaining to the process of calculating years in U.S. schools for ELL students.  In order to assist districts in better understanding the new process , the ESC’s bilingual department has made a short video explaining the new calculations.  Please copy and paste the link into your browser in order to watch the video.

http://bcove.me/2pm7c7km

In addition,  new information has been released pertaining to the ELL Progress Measure.  Below are the latest documents which we will address at the Bilingual/ESL Directors’s Meeting on April 9th.

Calculating the Texas ELL Progress Measure

Texas ELL Progress Measure Expectations

Texas ELL Progress Measure Questions and Answers