TELPAS

TELPAS
 
The Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS) is administered to all students in grades 1-12 who are identified as limited English proficient (LEP). TELPAS is designed to assess the annual progress that LEP students make in learning the English language.
 
TELPAS assesses social and academic English language skills in the following areas:
  • Listening
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  • Speaking
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  • Reading
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  • Writing
TELPAS results assign an English proficiency level to each of the four areas assessed:
  • Beginning - Students who receive this rating are in the early stages of learning English. These students have a small vocabulary of very common words and little ability to use English in academic settings. These students often communicate using English they have memorized.
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  • Intermediate - Students who receive this rating are able to use common, basic English in routine academic activities but need considerable English language support to make learning understandable. Socially, these students are able to communicate simply about familiar topics and are generally able to understand conversations but may not comprehend all the details.
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  • Advanced - Students who receive this rating are able to understand and use English in classroom activities when given some English language support. In social situations, these students can understand most of what they hear but have some difficulty with unfamiliar grammar and vocabulary.
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  • Advanced High - Students who receive this rating are able to use English in classroom activities with little English language support from others, even when learning about unfamiliar material. Students at this level have a large enough vocabulary in English to communicate clearly and fluently in most situations.