• School districts in Texas are required by state law to assess the English language proficiency of all students whose Home Language Survey indicates that the home language is a language other than English.

    ELL - If a child demonstrates limited English proficiency on the assessment, he/she is considered an English Language Learner (ELL).

    LEP - Individuals who do not speak English as their primary language and who have a limited ability to read, speak, write, or understand English can be limited English proficient, or “LEP.”

    TELPAS - this is an assessment program for students in Texas public schools who are learning the English language. The letters in TELPAS stand for the Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System. The Texas Education Agency developed TELPAS to meet state and federal testing requirements. Texas assesses English language learners annually in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students learning the English language begin participating in TELPAS in kindergarten and stop participating when their language proficiency assessment committee (LPAC) determines that they are proficient in the English language.

    LPAC - The Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) is a group comprised of teachers, an administrator and a parent representative whose responsibilities follow a cycle throughout the year. The responsibilities include: Identification, Assessment and Documentation Review, Placement, Instructional Methodologies and/or Interventions, Collaboration, Annual Review, Assessment, and Parental Notification.

    The LPAC also facilitates the participation of limited English proficient students in other special programs for which they are eligible, ensures parent notification of student progress and LPAC decisions made on behalf of the child, and continuously monitors assessment results, interventions, and program appropriateness.