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The Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS)

The TELPAS reading tests are designed to assess what ELLs can read and comprehend at four distinct stages of learning English beginning, intermediate, advanced, and advanced high. These stages, which are referred to as proficiency levels, are defined in four sets of proficiency level descriptors. Each test is constructed with items that assess the characteristics and abilities associated with the four proficiency levels.

TELPAS measures English language proficiency in the following domains:

TELPAS reading is a written assessment that measures annual growth in English language proficiency of LEP students in grades 2–12.

TELPAS reading (K-1), listening, speaking, and writing assessments enable teachers to holistically rate a LEP student’s English language proficiency based on daily interactions and observations of the student during classroom instruction. These observation protocols are administered for:
*       Grades K–1 reading, listening, speaking, and writing

*       Grades 2–12 listening, speaking, and writing

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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