English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT)

The CTB 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. 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 dialogue, sentence, and word/phrase levels of language.

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.

EL Resources 

Important Dates
  • LAS Links Administration Dates
    March 1, 2018 – April 13, 2018
Contact Information
Sharon Prestridge
EL Program Coord.





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