February 8, 2022

Dear parents of Emergent Bilingual Students (including parent denials)

Emergent Bilingual Students in grades K-12, including parent denials, are required to be assessed through the Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS). The Texas Education Agency developed TELPAS to meet state and federal testing requirements for assessing the English language proficiency of Emergent Bilingual Students in four language domains: listening, speaking, reading and writing. TELPAS assesses the Texas English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS), which are part of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

The assessment components for grades K–1 and 2–12 differ in the following ways:

• Grades K–1: Holistically rated listening, speaking, reading, and writing assessments based on ongoing classroom observations and student interactions.

• Grades 2–12: Online reading and listening and speaking tests and holistically rated student writing collections

For these assessments, teachers are trained to use proficiency level descriptors to determine the English language proficiency levels of students.

The state testing calendar for TELPAS is February 7, 2022 through April 1, 2022. Our school is going to assess students between February 7, 2022 and March 4 , 2022. If a student is absent on the day of testing, a make-up test will be administered before March 11, 2022. We ask that you refrain any activities that might cause your student(s) to be absent from school during this time.

Additional information about TELPAS can be found at the following website:   https://tea.texas.gov/student-assessment/testing/telpas/telpas-resources

If you would like to practice with your student, at home, please go to : https://www.texasassessment.gov/practice-tests.html to access the online practice tests.

Sincerely,

Afreen Merchant

Principal