ESL INFORMATION - Frequently Asked Questions
1. Who is a Limited English Proficient (LEP) student? "Students of limited English proficiency" means a student whose primary language is other than English and whose English language skills are such that the student has difficulty performing ordinary classwork in English. TEC 29.052(1)
2. What is a Home Language Survey? The home language survey is administered to each student new to the district and to students previously enrolled who were not surveyed in the past. The home language survey asks, "What language is spoken in your home most of the time?" and "What language does your child (do you) speak most of the time?" The survey is used to establish the student's language classification for determining whether the district is required to provide English as a Second Language program.
3. Which tests are administered to each student who has a language other than English as identified on the home language survey? For grades 2-12, a TEA (Texas Education Agency) approved oral language proficiency test (for listening and speaking) is administered to students in English.
4. Are parents notified if their child has been classified as limited English proficient and recommended for placement in the ESL program? Yes, parents are notified in English and in their primary language.
5. Can a parent deny ESL services for their child if they were classified as LEP? Yes, a parent has the option to deny (waive) ESL services offered by the district. However, the student will still be considered LEP and will be required to participate in the Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS) until the student meets criteria for reclassification as non-LEP.
6. What criterion is needed for a student to exit from the ESL program? To exit from the ESL program, a student must achieve a satisfactory performance on TELPAS and STAAR testing and may be classified as English proficient at the end of the school year.
7. What is the Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS)? TELPAS assesses English Language Learners (ELs) in four domains - listening, speaking, reading, and writing. English language proficiency assessments in Grades K-12 are federally required to evaluate the progress that ELs make in becoming proficient in the use of academic English. TELPAS includes multiple-choice reading tests, holistically rated student writing collections, and holistically rated listening and speaking assessments. The listening and speaking assessments are completed online using a classroom computer, headset and microphone.
8. What are Linguistic Accommodations? Linguistic accommodations are English-language supports that help make content area instruction accessible to ELs.
9. When can Linguistic Accommodations be used? Linguistic accommodations can be used in any classroom setting in order to make instructional content more accessible to ELs.
“Frequently Asked Questions Regarding ELL Programs.” ELL Texas, www.elltx.org/docs/FAQs.