LAS Links Resources to Support
Washington’s New English Language Proficiency Test
As the contractor for the new WELPA assessment, CTB/McGraw-Hill is pleased to offer practice tests and practice materials for use prior to your first administration of WELPA. Materials can be ordered online, using the order form shown on the right, or by contacting the Assessment Solutions Representatives listed.
View the PowerPoint® slides of a Webinar for additional information about these resources from the LAS Links® suite of assessments and how each component can best meet your needs.
More About LAS Links
LAS Links Benchmarks
The formative, classroom Benchmark tests are available at each grade span of K–1, 2–3, 4–5, 6–8, 9–12. There are three tests at each grade span, and each test takes about 30 minutes to administer. The content is similar to WELPA in domains (Speaking, Listening, Reading, Writing) and item formats, and the standards measured are similar to the WA ELPA standards. When the three tests are administered over time, progress in each domain can be tracked using the raw score (number correct and percentage correct.) A district can choose to order only one of these short tests to provide practice and familiarity for students prior to the administration of WELPA. Tests can be hand-scored (although software is available for scoring and reporting when multiple tests are being used.)
The teacher-focused Instructional Guidance binders, available for grade spans K–1, 2–3, 4–5, 6–8, 9–12) are three-ringed notebooks that contain lessons and activities designed to promote English language proficiency. Each lesson and activity is linked to standards being measured in WELPA. Each binder also provides illustrative test items for that grade band, organized by standards. The 20 lessons are categorized as Content-Oriented Tasks or Test-Oriented Tasks, and they are grouped into overlapping proficiency levels. The Test-Oriented Tasks are especially useful for providing students with test-taking strategies, practice activities, and sample items. Lessons contain complete teacher instructions as well as black line masters for reproduction for a class of students.
Similar to WELPA, LAS Links, Form A, is a full-length English Language proficiency test that measures proficiency in each domain: Speaking, Listening, Reading, Writing. The paper/pencil LAS Links, Form A is now also available to be administered and scored online by a fully functional, web-based, secure testing engine. In this online version, Speaking items are captured on audio and scored online by teachers; Writing items are captured online and scored by teachers. Listening and Reading are immediately scored. In the online system, reports are generated at the completion of administration and scoring, and data are available for ongoing analysis through disaggregation and re-grouping. The paper/pencil version may be hand-scored, or scored via PC-based software. Both forms provide a complete practice experience for students as well as detailed proficiency scores and skills feedback.
We hope you will find these resources useful to you for
year one practice as well as throughout your WELPA testing.
For more information or to place an order, please contact us directly,
use this order form and fax in an order, or order online at CTB.com/Store.
Assessment Solutions Consultant
Inside Assessment Representative
Thank you for your patience.
LAS Links Resources to Support WELPA Resources
LAS Links can be used for English language development and progress monitoring by using a combination of the LAS Links assessments. Depending on program need and intent, LAS Links provides schools and districts with the option of measuring student progress up to five times per year.
In the current market for English language proficiency (ELP) assessments, LAS Links has many selling points due to its strong content design and psychometric attributes. However, to date, no clear consensus exists among scholars and educators regarding the precise, national definition of the target LEP student population. Therefore, it is unknown whether the LAS links standardization sample appropriately reflects the target population.
Developing Innovative Online Performance Task Types To Assess Language Proficiency For Success In 21st Century Content Learning
How to help ELLs to achieve academic success while they are also acquiring English as a second language has become an increasingly important issue on the U.S. K-12 educational agenda. Meanwhile, the concept of literacy is changing in the 21st century with advances of technology, so is the way of learning and working. These changes pose challenges to traditional paper-and-pencil testing practices.
Factor Structure of an English Language Learner (ELL) Test that Includes Sub-tests by Language Modality
This study investigates whether differential weighting of the four factor scores, as opposed to equal weighting is psychometrically defensible and valid. This idea may also be supported by the fact that the four factors are correlated and simple average provides overlapping information about a student. Results from this study could provide a new approach of expressing overall English language ability for ELL students.
LAS Links Product Overview
Video providing an overview of the LAS Links suite of language proficiency assessment products. Read Transcript