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How and when are English learners assessed in Texas?


English learners take the same state assessments as all other children in Texas, currently known as the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR. For parent-friendly information on this assessment, visit the Texas Assessment website.

All English learners are also assessed using the Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System, or TELPAS. This assessment measures the progress English learners are making in learning the English language. For information on the STAAR and TELPAS, visit the Information on State Assessments for English Learners web page.

The following resources in English and Spanish provide parents with information on the Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS).

For information that explains the assessment, English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS), Proficiency Level Descriptors (PLDs), and accommodations, visit the​ ​TELPAS FAQs for Parents in EnglishOpens a new window and ​TELPAS FAQs for Parents in Spanish​Opens a new window.

For information on how parents can prepare their child for TELPAS, visit TELPAS Parent Tips in EnglishOpens a new window and TELPAS Parent Tips in SpanishOpens a new window.



The tabs below provide important announcements and access to TEA newsletters.

Single Statewide Assessment for Reclassification of English Learners, Effective 2019-2020 School Year Opens a new window

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) replaced its Commissioner’s List of Approved Tests with single, statewide assessments for EL reclassification, effective in the 2019-2020 school year, as per requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), as articulated in the Title III, Part A section of the Texas ESSA State Plan, and pursuant to Texas Education Code (TEC) §29.056(g)(2) and Title 19, Texas Administrative Code (TAC), § 89.1226. Opens a new window
As it is the middle of the 2019-20 school year, TEA encourages District Test Director/Bilingual Director/Coordinator or designated District Administrator to follow these steps immediately to begin the ordering and implementation process:

  • Step 1: District Survey
  • Step 2: TEA-Riverside Website
  • Please visit the TEA-Riverside Insights website for ordering and training information, at: https://www.riverside-assessments.com/texas-assessment Opens a new window
  • Step 3: Ordering Materials
    • Order forms are available for two test administration formats: online testing; and paper/pencil materials with hand scoring
  • Step 4: Training
    • Prior to testing, districts will be required to attend test administration trainings

Riverside Insights’ customer service can be reached at (800) 323-9540.