When planning instruction, teachers of ELLs must consider the language proficiency levels of their students as determined by the Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS). The ELPS—TELPAS Student Proficiency Profile is a component of the ELPS LIAG that allows teachers to plot students’ TELPAS data by language domain.
By listing students’ names according to their individual language ratings, students’ proficiency levels will be aligned to suggested linguistic accommodations.
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) developed TELPAS to meet state and federal testing requirements. TELPAS assesses ELLs annually in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Every student who participates in TELPAS receives test results in a report called the Confidential Student Report. TELPAS uses the four proficiency ratings (Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced, and Advanced High) to show the progress students make in learning English from year to year.
In order for students to reach their full academic potential, it is important for them to make steady progress in learning English in the four language domains (listening, speaking, reading, and writing). Students who do not make steady progress may require additional assistance in the areas of both language and content learning.
This ELPS-TELPAS Proficiency Profile allows teachers to gain a bird’s eye view of the proficiency levels of their students in each language domain. Please make note that a student may exhibit different proficiency levels of language proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, or writing. Plotting the proficiency levels of students drives instructional decisions to accommodate for language proficiency.