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This series of three benchmark tests provides valuable insight and information about the language proficiency and progress of your students at any point during the school year. Use the tests independently or as a complement to other English proficiency assessments used for summative federal requirements.

Subject Area and Grades

  • English Language Proficiency (Grades K–12)

Scoring Options

  • Hand scoring
  • Local scanning

Assessment Types

  • Interim/benchmark
  • Formative

Delivery Format

  • Paper and pencil
 
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LAS Links® Benchmark Assessments consists of a series of three language proficiency assessments designed to help teachers track the progress of English language learners throughout the school year.

LAS Links Benchmark 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

Monitor progress of speaking, listening, reading, writing, & comprehension skills throughout year

The LAS Links Benchmark Assessments are powerful tools that help teachers track the progress of their English Language Learner students throughout the school year. The three separate assessments follow the same structure as LAS Links Forms A and B, and measure each student's progress toward meeting language proficiency standards.

The flexibility of the Benchmark Assessments allows teachers to measure student progress in a specific area of concern, or in all four domains. Teachers then use the results of the Benchmark Assessments to target remediation and to tailor instructional plans to meet student needs.

Given periodically throughout the year, these tests give you a better understanding of your students’ progress. They also provide insight to help you develop targeted strategies for continued learning.

Quickly gauge skill development

Simple and fast, each benchmark test takes about 30 minutes. You’ll have the results soon after so you can measure student progress in speaking, listening, reading, and writing, and adjust instruction for a student as needed.

Choose the scoring option that works best for you

You can hand-score benchmark tests and use our Student Profile Sheets to keep an accurate record of each student’s progress. To save time, use TestMate Clarity software-based scoring and reporting system; scan answer sheets and the system generates a variety of score reports for individuals and groups.

Measures changing needs

Understand your students' path to proficiency on state standards. Know where to focus instructional strategies to meet their changing needs. The benchmark test content measures growth in the four NCLB learning domains of Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing.

Complements other assessments

These versatile tests complement any language proficiency assessment you use to provide valuable benchmark information about student learning.

Uses time effectively

Each benchmark test takes approximately 20-30 minutes to administer and consists of one short-answer writing item, one short reading passage, four reading, four writing, six listening, and four to six speaking items.

Monitors individual growth

Measuring individual growth is essential, not only to fulfill state Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAO) requirements, but also to provide tailored instruction. These benchmark tests provide valuable information to differentiate instructional strategies.

Skill AreaEstimated TimeAdministration Mode
Speaking5 Minutes — All GradesIndividual
Listening10 Minutes — All GradesGroup or Individual
Reading15 Minutes — All GradesGroup or Individual
Writing10 Minutes — All GradesGroup or Individual
Total40 Minutes 

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LAS Links Benchmark Assessments Resources

Featured Article

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.

English Language Development: Progress Monitoring Assessment using LAS Links

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.

 

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. 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. 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.

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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.

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

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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

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