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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 (ELLs). It provides research-based results to support your instructional decisions and measures student progress year-to-year and between grades, and helps schools meet Elementary and Secondary Education Act (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.

DRC|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 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 

LAS Links K–12 Assessments test items measure students' skills in the four learning domains of 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. 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. 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.

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