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 limited English proficient (LEP) students, also referred to as English learners (ELs), make in learning the English language. To view all EL resources, visit the EL webpage.

Information for Parents About the TELPAS Test

Who? Students in grades K–12 who have been identified as an EL.
What? TELPAS is an assessment program for students in Texas public schools who are learning the English language. The letters in TELPAS stand for the Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System.
When? TELPAS tests are given in the spring.
TELPAS tests are given to students at their own school, in regular classrooms that have been cleared and set up to make it easy to focus on the test. If students have certain special needs and require special accommodations, they may be tested in a different area of the school.
Why? TELPAS tests are designed to measure the progress that each EL makes in becoming proficient in the use of academic English.
How? TELPAS tests are offered in both paper and online formats.

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Testing Calendar

All TELPAS and TELPAS Alternate tests are given during a three-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 English language learners, including test accommodations, alternate tests, etc.

Go to the LPACs Information Page on the TEA Website

Allowable Accommodations for Students Taking TELPAS

There are accommodations for TELPAS. In addition, TEA has developed an alternate English language proficiency assessment, referred to as TELPAS Alternate, for ELs that have 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.

STAAR Out-of-School/Out-of-District Testing

  • STAAR EOC Out of School/Out of District Examinee Registration Form (Coming Soon)
  • STAAR EOC Out-of-School/Out-of-District Test Site Directory (PDF) (Coming Soon)
  • STAAR Grades 5 & 8 Out of District Test Site Directory (PDF) (Coming Soon)
  • STAAR Grades 5 & 8 Out of District Examinee Registration Form (Coming Soon)