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The Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS)

TELPAS assesses the English language proficiency of K–12 ELLs in four language domains:
listening, speaking, reading, and writing. English language proficiency assessments in grades K–12 are federally required to evaluate the progress that ELLs make in becoming proficient in the use of academic English.

The assessment components for grades K–1 and 2–12 differ in the following ways:
•• Grades K–1: TELPAS includes holistically rated listening, speaking, reading, and writing
assessments based on ongoing classroom observations and student interactions.
•• Grades 2–12: TELPAS includes online reading and listening and speaking tests and
holistically rated student writing collections.

To assist districts with the task of helping parents understand their child's TELPAS test results, the Texas Education Agency Student Assessment Division has developed a PDF brochure entitled "Understanding the Confidential Student Report - A Guide for Parents." This brochure has three purposes:
  1. To give you some basic information about TELPAS,
  2. To explain a sample test report so that you can understand your child’s actual test report,
  3. To provide you with a short summary of each proficiency rating so that you will better understand the progress your child is making in learning English.



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