LAS Links Connecticut Announcements

Connecticut DRC LAS Links Website

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) will be using the LAS Links Assessment for the ELP Assessments for all students in Grades K-12 for the 2021, 2022 and 2023 test administration. The CSDE believes that high-quality, comprehensive and effective English as a Second Language (ESL) and bilingual education programs are essential to acquire English language proficiency and academic proficiency for students who are English Learners (ELs). The CSDE believes that research-based instructional practices that support ELs in general education classrooms are essential while they are acquiring English and well after they have exited the intensive programs.

LAS Links DRC INSIGHT Portal Access

Communication Update
New Central Office Services and Secure Application Installers (6/2/21)
English Learner Identification and Obtaining Screening Materials for 2021-22 School Year (5/28/21)

Archived Communication’s
Updated LAS Links Testing Appeal Submission Guidance (3/12/21)
LAS Links Remote Test Administration Guidance (1/4/21)
Receipt and Return of Paper Test Materials LAS Links 2021 (12/18/20)
Dually ID EL Procedures for 2020.21 LAS Links (12/17/20)
Updated 2021 LAS Links Test Administration Window (12/6/20)

LAS LINKS REMOTE TEST ADMINISTRATION

Test Administrator Remote Testing Guidance

Parent/Guardian Documents

STUDENT TESTING EXPERIENCE
Quick Tips Documents:
Student Tools and Navigation

LAS Links Online Practice Tests
Student Online Tools Training(OTT)/
Practice Test English

Student Online Tools Training(OTT)/
Practice Test Spanish

Google Chrome must be used to run the OTT/
Practice Tests

Student Navigation Tutorial Videos – English
Grades K-1
Grades 2-3
Grades 4-12

Student Navigation Tutorial Videos – Spanish
Grades K-1
Grades 2-3
Grades 4-12

SCORING AND REPORTING
Form D is scored by DRC.
DRC Interactive Reporting is available by logging into LAS Links DRC INSIGHT Portal. On the landing page is a link to the LAS Links Training Module for Educators and Interactive Reports Online User Guide. Both resources provide information on DRC Interactive Reporting.

On-Demand and Batch Download Reports

LAS Links Guide to Interactive Reporting

Form C and D Report Guide: Proficiency Tables, Definitions and Descriptors

Scoring of LAS Links is conducted by Data Recognition Corporation. Provided for your information to understand scoring practices per grade band, are scoring definitions, scoring rubrics, and an explanation of scores.
Grade K-1 Speaking and Writing Rubric
Grade 2-3 Speaking and Writing Rubric
Grade 4-5 Speaking, Writing and Reading Rubric
Grade 6-8 Speaking, Writing and Reading Rubric
Grade 9-12 Speaking, Writing and Reading Rubric

TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES

These technology resources are specific to in-person testing resources, remote testing resources have been provided to Test Administrators

For Technology Installation, in the DRC INSIGHT Portal select:

  • My Applications
  • General Information
  • Downloads

To access the following downloads

  • Technology Software Downloads
  • System Requirements
  • Testing Site Capacity Estimator

Technology Documentation

CSDE IT 2020-21 Webinars

IT Training Webinar CT District LAS Links Technology Contacts

PowerPoint Slide Deck

IDENTIFICATION AND PLACEMENT
2021-2022 English Learner In-Person Screening Guidance
The Connecticut State Department for Education (CSDE) expects districts to follow its Connecticut State Department of Education’s (CSDE) guidance regarding the identification of English learners in Connecticut public schools for the 2021-22 school year. This is described in the memorandum, English Learner Identification and Obtaining Screening Materials for the 2021-2022 School Year provided on May 28, 2021.

The new, digital versions of the preLAS and K-12 LAS Links Digital Placement Test materials can be accessed via this secure link. ELACs will receive in an email from DRC the week of May 31, 2021 the access instructions.

The previous Share File location for digital screening materials will only be accessible until June 30, 2021. After this date, the preLAS and the K-12 LAS Links Digital Placement Test materials will be available only on the new site, accessible using the secure link and password provided to the English Learner Assessment Coordinator (ELAC) in the communication the week of May 31, 2021.

2021-2022 English Learner Remote Screening Guidance
The CSDE is continuing to allow Remote Screening using the preLAS for Kindergarten (or PK 4) and the LAS Links Placement Test. The following remote guidance documents are available for your reference and use:

CSDE/DRC preLAS Remote Test Administration Instructions

CSDE/DRC LAS Links Placement Test Remote Test Administration Instructions

Web Conferencing Options for Remote Testing

Parent/Student Remote Testing Agreement

Parent/Guardian Remote Testing Checklist for the LAS Links Placement Test and preLAS

To administer the preLAS test, you only need to access DRC INSIGHT to obtain the preLAS Cue Book/Audio File via the General Information> Documents tab.

Students are not added to the DRC INSIGHT portal for administering preLAS or the LAS Links Digital Placement Test. Refer to the Test Administrator instructions above.