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Overview
Data Recognition Corporation | CTB provides a comprehensive family of solutions to help you easily identify and monitor the progress of English Language Learners (ELLs), from preK to 12th grade. Your early learners will benefit from the preLAS and the preLAS Observational Assessments while the LAS Links suite of assessments can be used for your placement, periodic and annual accountability testing program needs. preLAS and LAS Links addresses all of your language assessment needs—from gauging the abilities of new students and measuring their progress to lesson ​plans, instructional tools, and training materials to help you throughout the school year.​

Product Solutions


preLAS®

Grades: PreK3–1st grade
2 English Forms
1 Spanish Form

Capture and hold the attention of young children with playful activities and colorful materials that help you assess language proficiency and identify instructional placement. 

​Features: 

  • ​Measures the language development of first-and second-language students in both English and Spanish 
  • Is administered in approximately 15 minutes and meets identification and placement guidelines for newcomers to the district in Grades preK3–1st grade 

  • Local scoring provides schools and districts with immediate results for identification and placement

  • preLAS can be used to monitor the progress of your language learners


LAS Links® 
Grades: K–12
Forms: 4–A, B, C, & D 
Grade Spans: K–1, 2–3, 4–5, 6–8, 9–12

LAS Links is a research-based, English language proficiency assessment that measures the speaking, listening, reading, writing, and comprehension skills of K–12 students. LAS Links helps teachers identify language difficulties a student may have in English
and track and monitor progress in attaining English language proficiency. Stakeholders can use comprehensive language proficiency data to target instruction to meet each student’s needs during the year to help speed progress toward language proficiency.

Features: 

  • Accurately assesses K–12 English language proficiency

  • Measures and reports on student progress toward English proficiency standards

  • Allows teachers to develop targeted strategies to speed progress toward language proficiency

  • Determines when students are ready to exit ELL programs

  • Complies with Federal Title III reporting requirements

  • Offers forms that assess academic language to measure and report a student’s language proficiency within and across content areas such as Math, Science, Technical Subject, History, Social Studies, and Language Arts

  • Provides Lexile® measures to advance students’ reading comprehension


LAS Links Español® 
Grades: K–12
2 Forms: Español A and Español B
Grade Spans: K–1, 2–3, 4–5, 6–8, 9–12

LAS Links Español is a research-based, Spanish language proficiency assessment that measures the speaking, listening, reading, writing, and comprehension skills of K–12 students. It helps teachers identify language difficulties a student may have in Spanish and track and monitor progress in attaining Spanish language proficiency. When combined with LAS Links English, it provides a complete linguistic profile. Stakeholders can use comprehensive language proficiency data to target instruction to meet each student’s needs during the year to help speed progress toward Spanish language proficiency.

Features:

  • Easy-to-understand reports that assess a student’s proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, writing, and comprehension

  • Comparable scores to LAS Links English

  • assesses academic language to measure and report a student’s language proficiency within and across content areas such as Math, Science, Technical Subject, History, Social Studies, and Language Arts

  • Provides Lexile® measures to advance students’ reading comprehension


LAS Links Online®

Grades: K–12
4 English Forms: A, B, C & D
2 Spanish Forms: Español A and Español B
Grade Spans: K–1, 2–3, 4–5, 6–8, 9–12

Assesses English and/or Spanish language proficiency using a secure, robust online testing platform. 

Features:

  • Provides quicker, easier, and more convenient ways to administer and score the LAS Links English and Spanish language proficiency tests with a fully Internet-based solution.

  • Eliminates the need for paper-and pencil materials.

  • Eliminates one-on-one test administration, allowing teachers to spend less time assessing and reporting and more time teaching and supporting learning with a cost-effective, easy-to-use Internet application 

  • Captures immediate results to inform language instruction and recommend remediation.

  • Offers forms that assess academic language to measure and report a student’s language proficiency within and across content areas such as Math, Science, Technical Subject, History, Social Studies, and Language Arts

  • Facilitates an efficient testing process by allowing shorter testing times, saving districts and schools considerable cost and instructional time.

  • Provides a built-in scoring feature– score your student’s constructed response and speaking items with the built in distributed scoring system.


LAS Links® Placement Tests
Grades: K–12
Forms: 2 English and 2 Spanish
Grade Spans: K–1, 2–3, 4–5, 6–8, 9–12

Provides an initial screening and placement of English and Spanish language learners. 

Features:

  • Quick and accurate test for initial screening and placement of K–12 students

  • Assessment of Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing

  • Paper-and-pencil administration

  • Completes in 30 minutes or less


LAS Links® Benchmark Assessments
Grades: K–12
Forms: 3 per grade span
Grade Spans: (K–1, 2–3, 4–5, 6–8, 9–12)

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 summative English proficiency assessments. 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.

Features:

  • Measurement of student progress throughout the year

  • Compatibility with any English language proficiency test

  • Snapshots of progress in language skills

  • Links to K–12 Assessments and Instructional Guidance


LAS Links® Instructional Guidance
Grades K-12 

Once you’ve identified the English proficiency level of your students with LAS Links or another assessment tool, put that information into action with LAS Links Instructional Guidance.

Features:

  • Practical, skills-based lesson plans

  • Themed and grade-level appropriate lessons

  • Lessons provide targeted language support in the content areas of
    mathematics, science, language arts, and social studies

  • Test- and content-oriented tasks

  • CDs are available for five grade spans: K–1, 2–3, 4–5, 6–8, 9–12​​​​​​​​​​​

 

LAS Links Scoring and Reporting Services 

When you use DRC|CTB scoring and reporting services, a professional scoring team will manage your complete scoring and reporting process, from order to delivery.

Scoring Services

  • Precoding Service (Paper testing)

  • Basic Service Scoring (Paper testing)

    Provides the essential services of scanning, editing, and scoring

  • Online Scoring (Online Testing)

    Includes scoring of Speaking, Reading and Writing online constructed/recorded responses

Online Reporting

DRC | CTB offers:

  • Online reporting of all test data whether you tested online or with paper and pencil

  • Web-based reporting solution that provides administrators, teachers, and parents with the information to measurably improve student performance. Allows quick and easy access to assessment results, aggregate and disaggregate data to meet local instructional needs and federal AYP reporting requirements.

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