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 English learner (EL) resources, visit the EL webpage.

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Information for Parents About the TELPAS Test

Who?
Students in grades K-12 who have been identified as an English learner (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.
Where?
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

TELPAS and TELPAS Alternate tests are given in the Spring each year.



Language Proficiency Assessment Committees

LPACs make testing decisions for English language learners, including test accommodations, alternate tests, etc.

Go to LPACs Information Page on 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.