All K-12 Emergent Bilingual (EB) students are required to participate in TELPAS, including students with parental denials (coded WH).
All K–12 students classified as emergent bilingual EB/EL in the Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) are required to participate in TELPAS, including those who have parents who have declined bilingual/English as a Second Language (ESL) program services
EB Students in grades 2-12 who have significant cognitive disabilities and who are in the process of acquiring English proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing.
Students that have one or more disabilities that significantly limit their intellectual functioning, as shown by their ability to plan, comprehend and reason and their adaptive behavior, as shown by their ability to apply social and practical skills.
What is TELPAS & TELPAS Alt?
TEA designed the Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS) and TELPAS Alternate to assess the progress that emergent bilingual (EB) students make in learning the English language. The TELPAS Alternate assessment meets the federal requirement mandated under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which requires states to administer an alternate English language proficiency assessment for EB students with the most significant cognitive disabilities who cannot participate in the general ELP assessment, even with allowable accommodations.