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 assessment 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 https://www.txel.org/
to access additional information from TEA concerning the education of emergent bilingual students in Texas.
Parents and Families Newsletters:
Westwood ISD campus ESL Coordinators are listed below. Please feel free to contact them with campus-specific questions.
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 assistant principal noted 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 2022