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1 Connecting Assessment, Language, and Learning

2 Today’s Agenda Meeting TEA testing requirements What is LAS Links™? L, S, Subtests Adding it up LAS Links™ Support

3 TEA Approved Test List

4 What is LAS Links™? LAS Links™ is a comprehensive system of assessment and instructional tools designed to promote English language proficiency. LAS Links™ identifies your ELL population as required by Title III Measures the 4 domains set forth by NCLB –Listening –Speaking –Reading –Writing

5 Alignments The LAS Links™ Assessment is aligned to TESOL standards The LAS Links™ Instructional Guidance is aligned with the ELPS The LAS Links™ proficiency levels are aligned to the TELPAS proficiency levels for Listening and Speaking ► this provides valuable information on all ELLs at the beginning of the school year which allows teachers to make data driven decisions when planning instruction ► Validates LAS Links and TELPAS scores

6 Grade SpanStudent MaterialsTeacher Materials K-1Student BookStudent Book, Cue Book Examiner’s Guide Listening CD/Cassette 2-3Student BookStudent Book, Cue Book Examiner’s Guide Listening CD/Cassette 4-5Student Book Student Answer Book Student Book, Student Answer Book Examiner’s Guide Listening CD/Cassette 6-8Student Book Student Answer Book Student Book, Student Answer Book Examiner’s Guide Listening CD/Cassette 9-12Student Book Student Answer Book Student Book, Student Answer Book Examiner’s Guide Listening CD/Cassette Materials Needed for Testing

7 LAS Links Subtests Speaking: minutes (Individually Administered) Listening: minutes (Group Administered) Reading: 35 to 45 minutes (Group Administered) Writing: 35 to 45 minutes (Group Administered)

8 LAS Links™ Speaking One on One Administered

9 Speak in Words Description: Students respond with single words or short phrases to identify the object and answer questions related to those objects. What is it? What is it used for? Examples: Speaking Subtest C, I, or NR

10 Speak in Sentences Description: The examiner points to each cue picture and directs the student to respond to prompts such as “Tell me what is happening in the picture” Example: Speaking Subtest Holistic Scoring

11 Speaker Notes – Scoring: Speak in Sentences Use 2 as your anchor score Does his answer satisfy the task by telling you a sentence that relates to the prompt? No 0 No Response HL 1 Isolated Words Yes 2 Errors Present 3 No Errors Present

12 Make Conversation Description: Students respond to the Examiner’s prompts such as “Tell someone to do something.” Example: Speaking Subtest Holistic Scoring

13 Speaker Notes – Scoring: Make Conversation Use 2 as your anchor score Does his answer satisfy the task by telling you a sentence that relates to the prompt? No 0 No Response HL 1 Isolated Words Yes 2 Errors Present 3 No Errors Present

14 Tell a Story Description : The Examiner starts a story and the student completes the story by explaining what is happening in a series of four pictures Example :The man lost his wallet… Speaking Subtest Holistic Scoring

15 Speaker Notes – Scoring: Tell A Story Use 3 as your anchor score Does his answer have a storyline? A beginning, middle and end? No 0 No Response HL 2 Subject and predicate Yes 3 Errors Throughout 4 Fluent with minor error(s) 1 Isolated Words

16 LAS Links™ Listening Group Administered

17 LAS Links™ – Test Content Listening: ► Listen for Information ► Listen in the Classroom ► Listen and Comprehend All Listening items are multiple choice in format and evaluate listening comprehension of stated facts, inference and critical thinking skills. This section can be group-administered

18 Adding It Up

19 Scoring Tabulation LAS Links™ combines Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing scores into an Overall Proficiency Level –Descriptors of each overall proficiency level is provided in the Interpretation Guide LAS Links™ reports in Number Correct, Scaled Score and Proficiency Level for all grades (K-12)

20 Oral Level 2 Grade 3 3 rd Grade Form A 1

21 LAS Links Español™

22 Measures the four domains: ► Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing Is normed with proficient Spanish speakers from Latin America Is not a translation of LAS Links™ ► follows the same flow and format of LAS Links™ ► parallel training for LAS Links™ and LAS Links Español™ ► reports in total scores, scaled scores and proficiency levels

23 Your LAS Links™ Support Nina Trigger Evaluation Consultant and Language Assessment Specialist (361) Customer Service:


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