• Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS)

    TELPAS is an assessment program for students in Texas public schools who are learning the English language.  The Texas Education Agency (TEA) developed TELPAS to meet state and federal testing requirements.  Texas assesses Emergent Bilingual (EB) students annually in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  Students learning the English language begin participating in TELPAS in kindergarten and stop participating when their language proficiency assessment committee (LPAC) determines that they are proficient in the English language, and no longer qualify for Bilingual/ESL services. 
    For students in kindergarten through grade 1, TELPAS consists of holistically rated assessments in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  The holistically rated assessments use classroom observations to measure students' progress in listening, speaking, and writing in English. 
    For students in grades 2-12, TELPAS consists of two online tests: Reading/Writing and Listening/Speaking. These tests measure annual progress in learning to write, read, listen and speak in English.