ELPS in The New Digital Learning Environment

As educators in Texas plan instruction, one impactful set of data to consider is included on the Confidential Student Report of the Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS) Proficiency Ratings per Language Domain.  As English Language Learners (ELLs) are assessed annually in Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing, educators are afforded information related to the ELLs’ proficiency rating (Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced, Advanced High) to show progress attained in learning English year to year.

The data from the TELPAS report should serve as one data point in a multi-faceted classroom and campus assessment system.  Other data is gathered to continue to paint a picture of each learner’s progress along the language continuum.  The English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) articulate the school district responsibilities and cross-curricular second language acquisition essential knowledge and skills for English Language Learners.  Listed below are example strategies to monitor progress related to language acquisition within the four areas of Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing:

K-12 Opportunities to Demonstrate Listening:

  • One-on-one interviews of classmates or educator
  • Responding to information shared in an oral presentation
  • Following classroom directions presented orally
  • Reacting to oral delivery of content
  • Small, collaborative group activities with oral component

K-12 Opportunities to Demonstrate Speaking:

  • One-on-one interviews of classmates or educator
  • Responding orally to a given prompt or question
  • Paraphrasing and making connections to classroom directions
  • Delivering an oral presentation
  • Small, collaborative group activities with oral component

K-12 Opportunities to Demonstrate Reading:

  • Independent reading with reflection journal
  • Guided reading with leveled readers
  • Content-specific reading with graphic organizer note-taking guide
  • Gallery walk with response journal
  • Small, collaborative group activities with reading component

K-12 Opportunities to Demonstrate Writing:

  • Reflection journal to accompany independent reading
  • Narrative writing about a specific event
  • Expository writing about a content-specific topic
  • Writing to produce content for presentation slides
  • Small, collaborative group activities with writing component


Within Article I: The New Digital Learning Environment of the Visioning Document, we read this premise:

The technologies that make this new digital world possible must be viewed as opportunities and tools that can help us in educating and socializing the young both in and outside of school.

We recognize the necessity for students to have access to and regularly use digital technologies as tools for learning as an integral part of in and out of school learning.

Technological tools may be used to enhance the opportunities listed above in order to increase accessibility to the content for ELLs.

K-12 Opportunities to Demonstrate Listening and Speaking, Technology Enhancements:

Use the Camera on a tablet/device to record the interview so the audio may be paused, replayed as necessary.

Use a voice recorder app, such as Voice Record Pro so the students can record the voices of classmates or the educators and listen for tone and voice. 

Use a presentation app that allows for voice recording such as Explain Everything to capture explanation of concepts and responses to prompts.

This article from Edutopia describes 4 Ways Audio Recording Can Boost Classroom Learning.

K-12 Opportunities to Demonstrate Reading and Writing Technology Enhancements:

Use a notetaking app such as Notes or Notability to capture reflections (either handwritten or typed).

Use the Camera and notetaking app in combination to capture images from a gallery walk and reflections simultaneously.

Utilize the accessibility features of the iPad to integrate Speak Screen, Speak Selection, Typing Feedback, and Predictive Text to enhance writing with the device.

Linguistic accommodations should be adjusted according to data collected regularly in the classroom within the areas of Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing.

For more information about implementing the English Language Proficiency Standards, visit the ELPS Academy on Texas Gateway.


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