Texas Education Agency Releases 2010–2011 List of Approved Tests for Assessment of LEP Students; Includes Ballard & Tighe’s IPT Language Proficiency Assessments

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Ballard & Tighe (http://www.ballard-tighe.com) shares news today that the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has recently released its 2010–2011 List of Approved Tests for Assessment of Limited English Proficient (LEP) Students.

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We would like to think that accurately placing our LEP students helps us make better choices about what each student needs in their instructional plan … the IPT is an important element in our coordinated instructional approach.

Ballard & Tighe (http://www.ballard-tighe.com) shares news today that the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has recently released its 2010–2011 List of Approved Tests for Assessment of Limited English Proficient (LEP) Students.

In addition to Ballard & Tighe’s new tests, the previous IPT Family of Tests also remain on the list this year. “We are pleased that our new IPT English and Spanish Oral tests and Spanish Reading and Writing Tests have been approved for use in Texas. As with the previous editions of the IPT, the scoring process is easy and accurate,” says Mark Espinola, CEO of Ballard & Tighe.

Many bilingual educators in Texas – a state serving a considerable LEP population – administer the IPT to measure students’ language proficiency. “We use the IPT to assess every LEP student initially and at least every other year to assess student progress,” says Dr. Bertha Garza, director for multilingual and migrant programs for Port Arthur ISD. Like many educators in Texas, Dr. Garza relies on the IPT to appropriately measure and place LEP students. “We would like to think that accurately placing our LEP students helps us make better choices about what each student needs in their instructional plan … the IPT is an important element in our coordinated instructional approach.”

TEA’s 2010–2011 List of Approved Tests for Assessment of LEP Students is available for Texas educators on the TEA web site, at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/curriculum/biling/leptests.html. For more information about the IPT Family of Tests, visit http://www.ballard-tighe.com.

About Ballard & Tighe
Ballard & Tighe, Publishers (http://www.ballard-tighe.com) has focused on developing products for English language learners since 1976. Ballard & Tighe provides testing, instructional, and training products and services to more than 3,500 state, regional, and local school districts throughout the United States and internationally. Ballard & Tighe produces assessment products, English language development instructional materials, professional development programs, and a series of unique social studies programs designed especially for English language learners.

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Khoi Nguyen, Ballard & Tighe, 800-321-4332 x304

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