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LAS Links K–12 Placement Test takes 30 minutes or less and provides data you can use to determine initial placement of English Language Learners into appropriate instructional programs. The results of this cost-effective test are provided quickly so there is not time lost in placing students.

Subject Area and Grades

  • English Language Proficiency (Grades K–12)

Assessment Type

  • Placement

Delivery Format

  • Paper and pencil

Scoring Option

  • Hand scoring
 
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The LAS Links Placement Test allows teachers to quickly and accurately place English language learners in appropriate instructional programs. The LAS Links Placement Test is part of our comprehensive model for helping language learners at every stage of the learning process.

The LAS Links Continuum of Effective Measurement

 

Facilitate accurate initial placement of K–12 English Language Learners

The LAS Links K–12 Placement Test covers speaking, listening, reading, and writing, and results show three proficiency levels: Not Proficient, Approaching Proficiency, and Proficient. Administration of LAS Links English for students in the Approaching Proficiency range offers a clear diagnostic view of proficiency in English.

Quick and affordable

It takes 30 minutes or less and provides data you can use to accurately place English Language Learners into the appropriate programs. The results of this cost–effective test—about $2 per student—are provided quickly so there is no time lost in placing students.

Skill AreaEstimated TimeAdministration ModeItem Counts
Speaking5 Minutes — All GradesIndividual6
Listening10 Minutes — All GradesGroup or Individual6
Reading15 Minutes — All GradesGroup or Individual6
Writing10 Minutes — All GradesGroup or Individual7
Total40 Minutes 25

LAS Links Placement Test 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