All About the TELPAS Test

All About the TELPAS Test

Your Child and the TELPAS Test

TEA designed the Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS) to assess the progress that emergent bilingual (EB) students make in learning the English language. To view other resources regarding EB students, visit the English Learner Portal.

Information for Parents About the TELPAS Test

Who? Students in grades K–12 who have been identified as an EB student.
What? TELPAS is an assessment program for EB students in Texas public schools who are learning the English language. The letters TELPAS stand for the Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System.
When? TELPAS tests are given in the spring during a six-week administration window.
Why? TELPAS tests are designed to measure the progress that each EB student makes in becoming proficient in the use of academic English.
How? For students in kindergarten and grade 1, trained teachers evaluate students through classroom observations. Students in grades 2–12 take TELPAS online assessments.

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Testing Calendar

All TELPAS and TELPAS Alternate tests are given during a six-week window during the spring semester. Download this calendar to find out when your child will be tested in the coming school year.

Download the Testing Calendar

Language Proficiency Assessment Committees

LPACs make testing decisions for EB students, including test accommodations, alternate tests, etc.

For more information on LPACs, go to the Emergent Bilingual Students section of the Assessments for Special Populations webpage.

Allowable Accommodations for Students Taking TELPAS

There are a variety of accommodations available for TELPAS. In addition, TEA developed TELPAS Alternate which is an alternate English language proficiency assessment for EB students that have the most significant cognitive disabilities. Please contact your child’s teacher for more information on accommodations for TELPAS and on TELPAS Alternate.

Helpful Links

Check out the links below to quickly get where you need to go:

STAAR Alternate 2, TELPAS, and TELPAS Alternate Resources

Special Education Information and Call Center

Supplemental Special Education Services (SSES)

This program gives one-time $1500 grants to families of students served by special education.