Your Child and the TELPAS Alternate Test
TEA has developed the TELPAS Alternate assessment to meet the federal requirements mandated under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which requires states to administer an alternate English language proficiency (ELP) assessment for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities who cannot participate in the general ELP assessment, even with allowable accommodations. Texas has adopted a definition of significant cognitive disability that can be found here.
Information for Parents About the TELPAS Alternate Test
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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.
Allowable Accommodations for Students taking
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.