The DRC LAS Links Assessment System is a secure, large-scale, English language proficiency assessment administered to Kindergarten through 12th graders who have been officially identified as English learners (ELs). This assessment is administered annually to monitor English learners' progress in acquiring academic English.
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requires that the Local Education Agency (LEA) must assess all ELs using the annual English language proficiency assessment, including those students whose parents have declined to enroll them in, or had them removed from, Language Instruction Education Programs (LIEPs). The federal regulations that govern the administration of this annual assessment are as follows:
Section 1111(b)(2)(G) of Title 1 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), requires that all English learners be assessed annually with an English Language Proficiency Test.
Section 612(a)(16)(A) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that all students with disabilities be included in all general State-wide and District-wide assessment programs, including assessments described under section 1111 of the ESEA, with appropriate accommodations and alternate assessments, where necessary, as indicated in their respective IEPs.
English Learner Resources
- LAS Links Frequently Asked Questions
- ELPT Quick Reference Guide
- Mississippi English Learner Guidelines (2018)
- Mississippi Testing Accommodations Manual (2017)
- Mississippi Testing Accommodations Manual, July 2022
- LAS Links English Overview
- LAS Links Proficiency Level Descriptors (English/Spanish)
- Suggested List of Bilingual Dictionaries for ELL Students
- LAS Links Online INSIGHT Instructional Library (2017)
- MS English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards
- MS Alternate English Language Proficiency (ALT-ELP) Standards for English Learners with Significant Cognitive Disabilities