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LAS Links Assessment for English Language Learners

Fully integrated to cover reading, writing, speaking, listening and comprehension skills, LAS Links helps you accurately assess the academic and social language skills of English Language Learners. It provides research-based results to support your instructional decisions and measures student progress year-to-year and between grades, and helps schools meet ESEA accountability and reporting requirements.

LAS Links Assessment Subject
Area and Grades

  • English Language Proficiency
    (Grades K–12)

K-12 LAS Assessment Types

  • Summative
  • Diagnostic

K-12 Common Core Assessment Scoring Options

  • Hand scoring
  • Machine scoring
  • Online scoring
  • Local scanning

Delivery Format

  • Paper and pencil
  • Large print
  • Braille
 
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LAS Links K–12 Assessments helps educators accurately assess the academic and social language skills of English language learners. The assessments provide detailed information on students' reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.

LAS Links K–12 Assessments is part of our comprehensive model for helping language learners at every stage of the learning process.

The LAS Links Continuum of Effective Measurement

Accurately evaluate and report progress of your English Language Learners

Engaging and grade-level appropriate

LAS Links uses realistic illustrations, reading passages set in context, photographs, and culturally relevant test content to engage, challenge, and encourage students throughout the learning process.

LAS Links K–12 Assessments are grade–level appropriate and available in five grade bands:

  • Primary (K–1)
  • Early Elementary (2–3)
  • Elementary (4–5)
  • Middle School (6–8)
  • High School (9–12)

Test formats include multiple–choice and performance–based questions to address a wide range of language skills. Theme–based tests cover subjects such as mathematics, science and technology, reading/language arts, and social studies to better evaluate student understanding of both academic and social language.

Easy test administration and scoring

With LAS Links K–12 Assessments, you'll find everything you need to make test administration easy and efficient. To facilitate test administration, use the optional audio CD with test directions. LAS Links uses one common scale for ease of assessment evaluation and comparison across grades and proficiency levels.

CTB also offers a variety of flexible services to help you easily interpret, sort, compare and share test results. Save time by entering test scores directly into our online scoring tool. This online tool automatically computes the scale scores and proficiency levels and provides you with reports you can use to make informed decisions about the progress of each student.

With the LAS Links Report Pack options you can easily use online access to get summary, classroom, and student reports on your LAS Links assessments. You can also quickly link to Instructional Guidance lessons organized by student proficiency level.

Additional Benefits:

  • Provides reliable English language proficiency results to make crucial instructional decisions
  • Allows districts to measure student growth year over year and between grades
  • Measures both social and academic skills for a comprehensive view of language abilities
  • Accurately and reliably meets the needs of all English language learners

Additional Features:

  • Measurement of the four NCLB domains—reading, writing, speaking, listening—and comprehension skills
  • Five grade bands available
  • Easy–to–use Examiner's Guides
  • Student Profile Sheets
  • Two forms available to demonstrate growth between fall and spring administrations
  • Custom assessment/problem set creation capability
  • Links to Benchmark Assessment and Instructional Guidance Materials
  • Offers materials for visually impaired students

     
Skill AreaEstimated TimeAdministration Mode
Speaking10 Minutes — All GradesIndividual
Listening15 Minutes — All GradesGroup or Individual
Reading35 Minutes — KindergartenGroup or Individual
Writing35 Minutes — Kindergarten
45 Minutes — Grades 1–12
Group or Individual
Total95–115 Minutes 

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LAS Links K–12 Assessments test items measure students' skills in the four learning domains identified in No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Sample test items:

Test ItemGradesDetails
Listening: Listen for information
[128K PDF File]
2–3, 9–12Students hear instructions typical of those provided in a classroom by a teacher. Instructions can either be read by the Test Examiner or played from an audio CD or cassette. The Test Examiner then asks students which choice coincides with the instructions they heard. Instructions and answers may be expressed idiomatically.
Listening: Listen and comprehend
[140K PDF File]
4–5Students hear a passage with academic content read either by the Test Examiner or played from the audio CD or cassette. Students are then asked four questions about the passage. Each question has three answer choices to assess comprehension.
Speaking: Speak in words
[88K PDF File]
6–8Students are presented with color pictures of objects and respond with short answers to Test Examiner's questions: "What is this?" or "In what subject do we study it?"
Speaking: Speak in sentences
[124K PDF File]
2–3, 6–8Students respond in sentences to Test Examiner's questions about pictures depicting an activity or action. The Test Examiner asks the students questions related to the picture, such as, "Tell me what is happening in the picture." or "Tell me exactly where Book B is."
Speaking: Make a conversation
[92K PDF File]
2–3, 6–8Students respond to the Test Examiner's questions:
"Describe how to do something," "Explain why something happens."
Speaking: Tell a story
160K PDF File]
2–5Students explain what is happening in a series of four pictures. Stories have a beginning, middle, and end.
Reading: Analyze words
[116K PDF File]
2–3, 6–8Students read and answer questions in a variety of formats addressing four word-analysis sub-skills: identifying rhyming words, applying letter-sound relationships to read English words, applying letter-sound relationships to read English phonemes, and applying knowledge of morphemes and syntax to word meaning.
Reading: Read words
[112K PDF File]
K–1, 9–12Students read and answer questions in a variety of formats addressing one of two sub-skills: classify words and demonstrate vocabulary. For Grades K–1, students select written words to match those spoken by the Test Examiner, and match pictured objects to their written descriptions.
Reading: Reading for understanding
[118K PDF File]
9–12Students read a passage and answer associated questions. Questions address three sub-skills: demonstrating reading comprehension, identifying important literary features of text, and applying learning strategies to interpretation.
Writing: Use conventions
[112K PDF File]
2–3, 6–8, 9–12Students from all grade levels are tested on three standards associated with writing conventions: using appropriate grammar, using appropriate capitalization and punctuation, and using standard sentence structure.
Writing: Write why
[84K PDF File]
4–5, 6–8Students in grades K–12 are asked to make a choice between two alternatives and write two sentences about the choice they made.

 

LAS Links K-12 Assessments Resources

Featured Article

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.

Customer Story - Sweetwater Union High School District, Chula Vista, California

Sweetwater Union High School District implements LAS Links® in its English Language Development (ELD) courses to measure English learners' (EL's) progress and inform instructional decisions. Using the integrated suite of English language proficiency assessments from CTB/McGraw-Hill, the district reports improved student performance across all language domains and ELD levels. In addition, in 2010, the EL subgroup at every middle and high school achieved at least double its Academic Performance Index (API) target, surpassing state averages and the performance of comparable school districts in San Diego County.

 

LAS Links Product Overview

Video providing an overview of the LAS Links suite of language proficiency assessment products. Read Transcript

LAS Links Product Overview Video providing an overview of the LAS Links suite of language proficiency assessment products. Read Transcript Issues in Assessing the English Proficiency and Academic Achievement of English Language Learners Presentation by Lyle F. Bachman, Department of Applied Linguistics, University of California, Los Angeles. Hosted by CTB/McGraw-Hill on Wednesday, May 4, 2011. Validity of Accommodations for English Language Learners Presentation by Jamal Adebi, University of California, Davis/CRESST UCLA. Hosted by CTB/McGraw-Hill on Friday, February 25, 2011. Colorado Webinar on reaching ELL students through Acuity and LAS Links CTB experts discuss the rise in ELL students in Colorado and how a combination of Acuity and LAS Links can address the core tracks of English Language Development and Academic Achievement. While this video focuses on Colorado data, much of the information is applicable to other states. Assessing ELLs Online: Are They Ready to Meet the Language Demand from Common Core?

Huan Wang, Ph.D. Research Scientist, CTB/McGraw-Hill
The webinar will present and discuss:
• Defining language demand
• Digital literacy and the challenges ELL students face
• Designing a language assessment task
• Machine scoring and general considerations

Online Technology for ELL Assessment

Changhua Sun Rich, Ph.D. Research Director, Asia CTB/McGraw-Hill
This on-demand webinar introduces the English Online System™ (EOS) and LAS Links Online™. EOS is a formative online proficiency assessment with artificial intelligence currently being utilized in China. EOS helps set the foundation for the development of LAS Links Online, which is now available in the United States to accurately assess English language proficiency for all four domains for Grades 2–12 using a secure, robust, online testing platform.

Assessing Language Proficiency Skills of English Language Learners (ELLs) in an Online Environment

Genevieve Olvera, MBA, ELL Solutions Manager Strategic Accounts, CTB/McGraw-Hill
The webinar sponsored by The Association of Latino Administrators & Superintendents (ALAS) and CTB discusses innovations and technology advancements in online assessments for ELL students.

Session 6: Assessing the Common Core State Standards in Writing, Listening, and Speaking in the Next Generation of State Assessments The sixth in the webinar series Performance Assessment for the Next Generation of State Assessment Programs. Presented on November 15, 2010.

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Video providing an overview of the LAS Links suite of language proficiency assessment products. Read Transcript

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Presentation by Lyle F. Bachman, Department of Applied Linguistics, University of California, Los Angeles. Hosted by CTB/McGraw-Hill on Wednesday, May 4, 2011.

Watch Video

Presentation by Jamal Adebi, University of California, Davis/CRESST UCLA. Hosted by CTB/McGraw-Hill on Friday, February 25, 2011.

Watch Video

CTB experts discuss the rise in ELL students in Colorado and how a combination of Acuity and LAS Links can address the core tracks of English Language Development and Academic Achievement. While this video focuses on Colorado data, much of the information is applicable to other states.

Watch Video

Huan Wang, Ph.D. Research Scientist, CTB/McGraw-Hill
The webinar will present and discuss:
• Defining language demand
• Digital literacy and the challenges ELL students face
• Designing a language assessment task
• Machine scoring and general considerations

Watch Video

Changhua Sun Rich, Ph.D. Research Director, Asia CTB/McGraw-Hill
This on-demand webinar introduces the English Online System™ (EOS) and LAS Links Online™. EOS is a formative online proficiency assessment with artificial intelligence currently being utilized in China. EOS helps set the foundation for the development of LAS Links Online, which is now available in the United States to accurately assess English language proficiency for all four domains for Grades 2–12 using a secure, robust, online testing platform.

Watch Video

Genevieve Olvera, MBA, ELL Solutions Manager Strategic Accounts, CTB/McGraw-Hill
The webinar sponsored by The Association of Latino Administrators & Superintendents (ALAS) and CTB discusses innovations and technology advancements in online assessments for ELL students.

Watch Video

The sixth in the webinar series Performance Assessment for the Next Generation of State Assessment Programs. Presented on November 15, 2010.

Watch Video