|From the CEEE and
the Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation
Language Assessment Scales Reading/Writing (LAS R/W) - English
||Language Assessment Scales Reading/Writing (LAS R/W) - English|
||Reading/Writing in L2|
||English Language Learner (ELL)|
Identification; Placement; Proficiency; Program Exit; Progress; Program Evaluation
The Language Assessment Scales for Reading and Writing (LAS R/W) is a battery of reading and writing competency tests for students in grades 2-12 whose first language is not English. It is intended for use in placing and reclassifying Limited English Proficient students, and has two forms that may be used as pre- and post-tests from which gain scores may be obtained after program completion. The LAS R/W may be used alone or in combination with the LAS Oral to provide a complete picture of language competency. The test has three levels: Level 1 for grades 2-3; Level 2 for grades 4-6; and Level 3 for grades 7-9 and higher. It is recommended that a new or entering students first be tested at the level below his grade as indicated by age. If he shows mastery at that level, the next higher level is administered. If he does not demonstrate mastery, the next lowest level is given. The test was not designed to identify students who are above grade level and has no discriminability if misused that way. The LAS R/W has six subtests at Level 1: Vocabulary, which contains 10 multiple-choice items that measure ability to match pictures to words; Fluency, which contains 10 multiple-choice items that measure overall language fluency and the ability to infer a missing word based on a knowledge of language usage and semantics; Reading for Information, which contains one story and 10 true/false questions which measure the ability to identify information; Mechanics and Usage, which contains 15 multiple-choice items that measure skills in capitalization, punctuation, and grammar usage; Finishing Sentences, which contains 5 open-ended items that measure the ability to complete a sentence correctly; and What's Happening, which contains 5 graphic prompts designed to elicit one sentence each. A list of Level 2 subtests is not part of the EAC East collection, but Level 3 includes the following: Synonyms, which contains 10 multiple-choice items that measure recognition of same-meaning words; Fluency (same as above); Antonyms, which contains 10 multiple-choice items that measure identification of opposite-meaning words; Mechanics and Usage (same as above); Reading for Information, (same as above); What's Happening (same as above); and Let's Write, which contains graphic prompts to elicit a story-writing sample from each student. Tests are untimed, but usually take no more than an hour and a half. Scoring of objective items may be done by hand or by machine; by the publisher or by the test administrator. Writing samples are scored either by the publisher or locally within the school system, in which case raters should complete the Reliability Exercise and achieve a reliability level of 90%. Overall raw scores are converted to standardized scores which translate into three Reading Competency Levels: 1 - Non-Reader; 2 - Limited Reader; 3- Competent Reader. The "Competent" designation means that the student's reading and writing skills are equivalent to those of mainstream students achieving at or above the 40th percentile on a nationally-normed test. Information about reliability, validity, and test development is not part of the EAC East collection.