English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT)
The CTB LAS Links Assessment System is a secure, large-scale, English language proficiency assessment given to Kindergarten through 12th graders who have been identified as English learners (ELs). This assessment is given annually to monitor English learners’ progress in acquiring academic English. Academic language is defined as the language required to succeed in school that includes deep understandings of content and communication of that language in the classroom environment. These understandings revolve around specific criteria related to discourse, sentence, and word/phrase levels of language.
The federal regulations that governs the administration of this annual assessment are as follows:
Section 1111(b)7 of Title 1 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) “requires, without exception, that limited English proficient (LEP) students be assessed annually with an assessment that measures listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.”
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.
Guidelines for English Language Learners
January 2011 Mississippi Testing Accommodations Manual
January 2013 Suggested List of Bilingual Dictionaries for ELL Students