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LAS Links Español is a research-based, diagnostic assessment that measures the speaking, listening, reading, writing, and comprehension skills of K–12 Spanish-speaking students. It helps you identify language difficulties a student may have in Spanish and track and monitor progress in attaining Spanish language proficiency.

Subject Area and Grades

  • Spanish Language Proficiency
    (Grades K–12)

Assessment Types

  • Summative
  • Diagnostic

Delivery Format

  • Paper and pencil

Scoring Options

  • Hand scoring
  • Local scanning
 
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LAS Links® Español measures students' Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing skills in Spanish. It helps educators identify language difficulties a student may have in Spanish and track progress in attaining Spanish language proficiency.

LAS Links Español can also help with accurate placement of students in English Language Learners (ELL) programs. When used in combination with the English-language LAS Links K–12 Assessments, it provides a complete linguistic profile of a student.

These assessments are part of our comprehensive model for helping language learners at every stage of the process:

The LAS Links Continuum of Effective Measurement

LAS Links Español provides a true linguistic profile, enabling you to develop distinct language proficiency learning paths to more quickly close students' proficiency and achievement gaps, and to accurately place them in or out of English as a Second Language (ESL) and bilingual programs.

It allows educators to:

  • Assess a student's Spanish proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing
  • Track and monitor progress in attaining Spanish language proficiency, in the same scales as the English language proficiency assessment
  • Determine students' native language proficiency
  • Identify language difficulties the student may have in Spanish
  • Tailor instruction and meeting changing student needs during the year
  • Provide a valid, reliable, research-based assessment

Additional, LAS Links Español works seamlessly with and has comparable scores to LAS Links English K-12 Assessments while helping to provide comparable assessments in English and Spanish to meet state mandates.

Skill AreaEstimated TimeAdministration Mode
Hablando10 Minutes — All GradesIndividual
Escuchando15 Minutes — All GradesGroup or Individual
Lectura35 Minutes — KindergartenGroup or Individual
Escritura35 Minutes — Kindergarten
45 Minutes — Grades 1–12
Group or Individual
Total95–115 Minutes 

 

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LAS Links Español test items engage the student with culturally relevant test content.

Sample test items:

Test ItemDetails
Escuchando (Listening) Skills
[116KB PDF File]
Escuchando (Listening) items cover classroom spoken Spanish and listening comprehension. Listening items evaluate students' abilities to process language at a level that integrates skills and knowledge. At a higher level, listening items evaluate inferential and critical thinking skills.
Hablando (Speaking) Skills
[136KB PDF File]
Hablando (Speaking) items assess the building blocks of oral language, from vocabulary to social language to more sophisticated verbal expressions with appropriate grammar. Because oral vocabulary and grammar are essential to establishing fluency required to read and write, the Speaking subtest includes items from single words to expressions of multiple sentences on a topic.
Lectura (Reading) Skills
[124KB PDF File]
Lectura (Reading) items assess word analysis as the basis for phonemic awareness and word recognition, fluency and vocabulary development. At higher levels, students use literary and informative texts to demonstrate their level proficiency.
Escritura (Writing) Skills
[98KB PDF File]
Escritura (Writing) items assess receptive and productive skills. Students are asked to identify appropriate grammar, capitalization and punctuation, and standard sentence structure. Then they produce sentences in a paragraph that is evaluated for content, language usage, and fluency.

 

LAS Links Español 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.

 

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.

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. LAS Links Product Overview Video providing an overview of the LAS Links suite of language proficiency assessment products. Read Transcript 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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Presentation by Lyle F. Bachman, Department of Applied Linguistics, University of California, Los Angeles. Hosted by CTB/McGraw-Hill on Wednesday, May 4, 2011.

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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 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