English Language Proficiency Assessments

Posted: Fri, 08/19/2011 - 8:39am Updated: Mon, 12/01/2014 - 11:51am

Under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, Title III (Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient and Immigrant Students) requires that schools identify limited English proficient students, assess their progress in English language proficiency, and provide eligible children with services that would increase their English proficiency and their academic achievement.

The purpose of the English Language Proficiency assessments is to determine a student's level of English proficiency. A Placement Test, administered upon a student's arrival in the United States, is used to determine which English Learner (EL) services are appropriate for the student. The annual assessment, administered in January and February, is used to determine the student's current level of English proficiency. The annual assessment is also used for accountability purposes.

Accommodations for state assessments are permitted for students who are Limited English Proficient and have scores of levels 1-4 on the LAS Links Annual Assessment. Information regarding accommodations for students with limited English proficiency for state testing can be found in Appendix C (Accommodations Guidance) and the approved list of Bilingual Dictionaries can be found in Appendix I of the Indiana Assessment Program Manual (click here and scroll down to the “Indiana Assessment Program Manual” section).

Additional Resources

Results

Results of the LAS Links assessment are returned in mid-May. LAS Links results are used to determine corporation and school-level Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives, which are available in late fall.

Click here to view state, corporation, and school level LAS Links data (select the "Student Performance" tab).

Contact

Karen Stein
Special Programs Assessment Specialist
kstein@doe.in.gov
Telephone: (317) 232-9050
Toll Free: (888) 544-7837