LAS Links English Proficiency Assessment

Posted: Fri, 08/19/2011 - 8:39am Updated: Thu, 09/12/2013 - 10:45am

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 LAS Links assessment is to determine a student's level of English proficiency. The placement test, administered upon the 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 (see the "Results" section below for more information).

LAS Links is administered in five different grade bands (K-1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-8, and 9-12) and assesses students in four domains: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing.

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 Appendix I (Approved Bilingual Dictionary List) of the Indiana Assessment Program Manual (click here and scroll down to the “2013-2014 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