The following words and terms, when used in this subchapter, shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.
Bilingual education allotment--An adjusted basic funding allotment provided for each
school district based on student average daily attendance in a bilingual education or
special language program in accordance with Texas Education Code (TEC), §42.153.
Certified English as a second language teacher--The term “certified English as a
second language teacher” as used in this subchapter is synonymous with the term
“professional transitional language educator” used in TEC, §29.063.
Dual language immersion--A state-approved bilingual program model in accordance
with TEC, §29.066.
Dual-language instruction--An educational approach that focuses on the use of English
and the student’s primary language for instructional purposes.
English as a second language program--A special language program in accordance
with TEC, Chapter 29.
English language proficiency standards (ELPS)--Standards to be published along with
the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for each subject in the required curriculum
outlined in Chapter 74 of this title (relating to Curriculum Requirements), including
foundation and enrichment areas, ELPS, and college and career readiness standards.
English learner--A student who is in the process of acquiring English and has another
language as the primary language. The terms English language learner and English
learner are used interchangeably and are synonymous with limited English proficient
(LEP) student, as used in TEC, Chapter 29, Subchapter B.
Exit--The point when a student is no longer classified as LEP (i.e., the student is
reclassified), no longer requires bilingual or special language program services, and is
classified as non-LEP in the Texas Student Data System Public Education Information
Management System (TSDS PEIMS). The term “exit” as used in this subchapter is
synonymous with the description in TEC, Chapter 29, of “transferring out” of bilingual or
special language programming.
Reclassification--The process by which the language proficiency assessment
committee determines that an English learner has met the appropriate criteria to be
classified as non-LEP and is coded as such in TSDS PEIMS.
School district--For the purposes of this subchapter, the definition of a school district
includes an open-enrollment charter school.