2016 List of Approved Tests for Assessment of English Language Learners

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August 1, 2016

TO THE ADMINISTRATOR ADDRESSED:

SUBJECT:    2016 List of Approved Tests for Assessment of English Language Learners

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has completed the annual review of approved tests for use during the 2016-2017 school year in the identification of English language learners as well as entry/exit from bilingual education and special language programs, in accordance with 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §89.1225(d) relating to Testing and Classification of Students.  The approved tests placed on the list are based on scientific research and measure oral language proficiency in listening and speaking, in English and Spanish from Prekindergarten (PK) - Grade 12. Assessments also measure reading and writing in English and Spanish from PK-Grade 12.

The list of approved tests are grouped in the following categories:

  • Identification
  • Annual Assessment
  • Formative Assessment
  • Exit (excludes prekindergarten and kindergarten, as students cannot be exited from bilingual programs until first grade)

The 2016-2017 List of Approved Tests for Assessment of English Language Learners can be accessed from the TEA webpage at: http://tea.texas.gov/bilingual/esl/education/.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Susie Coultress, State Director of Bilingual/ESL/Title III/Migrant in the Curriculum Division at (512) 463-9581 or by email at susie.coultress@tea.state.tx.us.

Sincerely,

Monica Martinez
Associate Commissioner
Standards and Programs