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English as a Second Language

English as a Second Language (ESL)
Westwood ISD offers an English as a Second Language (ESL) program for Prekindergarten - 12th grade. Students who are identified as emergent bilingual (EB) through the assessment process are enrolled in our ESL program with parent permission. The goal of this program is to provide our students with an academic environment that is rich in second-language acquisition. The English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) are provided by the state of Texas to assist educators in advancing students through the stages of English language development. The ELPS are assessed on TELPAS (explained below). Our educators use the ELPS, bilingual resources, visual aids, graphic organizers, and many other tools and resources to help our students have access to the curriculum as their second language develops.
Parents, families, and educators:
Please go to to access additional information from TEA concerning the education of emergent bilingual students in Texas. 
2022-2023 Parents and Families Newsletters:
Westwood ISD campus ESL Coordinators are listed below. Please feel free to contact them with campus-specific questions.
Westwood Primary - Nola Beard, [email protected]
Westwood Elementary - Kayla Warren, [email protected]
Westwood Junior High - Debbie Coates, [email protected]
Westwood High School - Angela Johnson, [email protected]
Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) Meetings
LPAC meetings take place as part of the identification process, when an emergent bilingual student enrolls in the district, before state testing, and at the end of every school year to review progress. If your child is part of our ESL program, please be sure to attend these meetings as your input is valuable. 
                                   ****LPAC Parent Representative****
An LPAC Parent Representative is required to be present at each LPAC meeting to assist with the decision-making process. A parent representative must be a parent of an emergent bilingual student but they cannot be a Westwood ISD employee.
If you are interested in serving as a parent representative please contact Tiffany Carwell at (903)723-9332 or the campus coordinators listed above. Your support is greatly appreciated. 
Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS)
TELPAS is an assessment designed by the Texas Education Agency to measure the progress ELs make in their English acquisition. Students who are identified as EB take the TELPAS assessment every year in the spring. TELPAS assesses the English proficiency of K-12 ELs in four language domains: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
Grades K-1: TELPAS includes holistically rated listening, speaking, reading, and writing assessments based on ongoing classroom observations and student interactions.
Grades 2-12: TELPAS includes online reading and listening and speaking tests and holistically rated student writing collections.
The links below provide further information about TELPAS.
Upcoming Online TELPAS - (Reading, Listening and Speaking) Dates - Spring 2023
Supplemental Programs
PK-4th grade students served through the district's ESL program have access to Imagine Language and Literacy. This program supplements core literacy instruction and provides instruction and practice in all four domains of literacy - reading, writing, listening, and speaking. 
All students (PK-12th grade) served through the district's ESL program have access to BrainPop ELL. This program provides lively, engaging online content to teach English to speakers of other languages. BrainPop ELL provides a personalized learning journey using movies and activities that range from simple, everyday experiences to content-related stories.
Students are provided with interactive, engaging video lessons written to the Texas English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) and Proficiency Level Descriptors (PLDs) at six different grade bands.