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.

2021-22 LAS Links Testing Window January 3, 2022- March 4, 2022

LAS Links DRC INSIGHT Portal Access

LAS Links Help Desk
LAS Links Help Desk 855-839-1181 Option 2
LASLinksPM@DataRecognitionCorp.com

Communication Updates
Supporting English Learners During the 2021-22 School Year (9/7/21)
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 Communications
Dually ID EL Procedures for 2020.21 LAS Links (12/17/20)

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 digital versions of the preLAS and K-12 LAS Links Digital Placement Test materials can be accessed via this secure link. Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) emailed ELACs of record the username and password for this secure site the the week of May 31, 2021. If there has been a change in the ELAC position, please contact DRC Customer Service for the username and password for the secure link site. For pricing and additional information please contact DRC LAS Links Hep Desk, information is available at the top of this website.

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.

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.

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

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

EL Exit Criteria

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

Parent Letter Report Explanations
This letter is a resource to support communication with parents/guardians, who may be receiving copies of their child’s LAS Links Student Report from the 2021 testing session. This version of the letter has been shortened, uses more accessible vocabulary, and follows the layout of the Student Proficiency Report.
Explanation Student Report Parent Letter English
Explanation Student Report Parent Letter Arabic
Explanation Student Report Parent Letter Chinese Simplified Mandarin
Explanation Student Report Parent Letter Haitian Creole
Explanation Student Report Parent Letter Polish
Explanation Student Report Parent Letter Portuguese
Explanation Student Report Parent Letter Spanish

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