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
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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 Area||Estimated Time||Administration Mode|
|Hablando||10 Minutes — All Grades||Individual|
|Escuchando||15 Minutes — All Grades||Group or Individual|
|Lectura||35 Minutes — Kindergarten||Group or Individual|
|Escritura||35 Minutes — Kindergarten|
45 Minutes — Grades 1–12
|Group or Individual|
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LAS Links Español test items engage the student with culturally relevant test content.
Sample test items:
|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 EspaÃ±ol 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.
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.