April 12, 2018
TO THE ADMINISTRATOR ADDRESSED:
Waiver Request to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
letter is to notify you of TEA’s intent to apply for a waiver from the
requirement to include an English language progress measure in the State’s ESSA
accountability system due to recent changes in the Texas English Language
Proficiency Assessment (TELPAS).
The TELPAS Yearly Progress Indicator compares a student's current year
composite rating to the prior year composite rating. For 2017 and prior, the
composite ratings were calculated using, in part, the student's TELPAS
Listening and Speaking performance as determined by a holistic rating system. In
2018, the composite ratings will instead use the student's TELPAS Listening and
Speaking performance as determined by the new item-based standardized
assessments. Thus, the composite scores from 2017 to 2018, while likely to be
correlated, will represent different measures. Therefore, it is not appropriate to make a direct
comparison between these two different measures for the ESSA required English
Language Learner Progress indicator.
Once there are two years (i.e., 2018 and 2019) of composite rating data
calculated in the same way, it will be appropriate to resume the
Additionally, the final submitted and approved ESSA plan for Texas
states that performance results for English learners in their second year of
enrollment in U.S. schools will be included in the accountability performance
indicators based on the EL Progress Measure. A TELPAS composite rating is
needed to establish a student’s EL Progress Measure plan. A change in the
composite rating due to changes in TELPAS and the timing of standard setting in
late summer 2018 make it impossible to include EL Progress Measures in 2018
accountability. Therefore, TEA will request a one-year exclusion of English
learners in their second year in U.S. schools for 2018 accountability. For
2019, English learners in their second year in U.S. schools will be included in
accountability performance measures using
an EL progress measure similar to the one used in 2017 and prior years.
Based on the reasons outlined above TEA will be requesting a waiver
from section 1111(c)(4)(B)(iv) of ESSA for 2018 accountability ratings.
Due to the need to receive final approval from the US Department of Education
prior to the release of ratings, all comments on these proposed waivers are due
by Friday, April 20th, 2018, by electronic mail to email@example.com.
Once TEA reviews any comments received and
makes any appropriate modifications, the comments will be submitted to USDE as
part of the state’s waiver requests. When and if TEA receives USDE approval of
the waiver request, additional information will be provided to LEAs on the
impact to August 2018 accountability ratings.
For Further Information
If you have any questions regarding this waiver request please contact TEA’s Performance
Reporting Department at (512) 463-9704 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Executive Director, Performance Reporting
Texas Education Agency