The TELPA is organized into 4 grade bands: K-2; 3rd-5th Grade; 6th-8th Grade; 9th-12th Grade.

There are two ways for district personnel to obtain TELPA testing materials.

Assessment materials through Central Rivers AEA media services

District personnel can place an order for TELPA Assessment kits online through the Central Rivers AEA Media Services online catalog, just as they would order books, videos, publications and other resources.  All test administration manuals, booklets, answer documents, CD’s and scoring guides are included in the kits.  These kits are sent out and returned via van mail.  Because Title III funds can not be used to purchase assessments, districts are billed annually for the testing materials they use so that supplies can be replenished.  The cost per test ranges from $1.00 to $3.50 depending on the test level and cost of consumable test components.  Additional tools to assist you with ordering are posted below.

TELPA Ordering Memo and Instructions

Assessment materials through measurement incorporated

Assessment materials can also be purchased through the Measurement Incorporated (MI) website.  It is sold in packages of 10 by the grade level/band.  To place an order or if you have questions, please contact the TELPA Helpline at 888-612-0180 or  District personnel responsible for placing orders will need to contact Measurement Incorporated prior to ordering to secure credentials for the district as well as instructions for ordering.

Bubble answer sheets (BAS)

Districts are to continue using the same BAS as has been done in past years.  The BAS are not included in the test packages from Measurement Incorporated.  Assessment kits through Central Rivers AEA Media Services will contain the BAS documents as long as we have them in stock.  Districts needing to print BAS documents can download and print them from the Iowa Department of Education’s website or the links below.



Data collection

The state must collect the TELPA scores in order to have a baseline data point for the calculation of Annual Measureable Achievement Objectives (AMAOs) for Title III.  It is expected that capturing this data will help districts meet the AMAO for growth in English.  The Iowa Department of Education will collect and manage this test data.  Districts will no longer order barcode labels and submit tests to Iowa Testing Programs.  For this year, districts will complete the DE’s Score Reporting Template and then submit the template via a secure email site.   There is a specific process to follow to request access to the secure email site and upload the Score Report Template.  Please see the step-by-step directions for this process on the DE’s ELPA21 webpage, under TELPA Administration.

Data collection deadlines

The Iowa Department of Education recommends monthly submissions of new TELPA scores.