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Missouri English Language Proficiency Assessment

Please click on the following link to download a copy of the order form for Missouri's English Language Proficiency Assessment as required by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.


Over the past six years, Missouri has used the MAC II test to meet this requirement.  For the 2009 administration, Missouri will be using the LAS Links(tm) K-12 assessment.

Please complete the form to help us determine the number of English language proficiency assessments to order for your district. One form per school building within your district will need to be completed.

For each school, please indicate the number of LEP students and classes that will be taking the assessment at each grade. Do not inflate the number. If no students in a grade will be taking the assessment, please indicate this by entering a zero. Include students that no longer require services but are within the 2-year monitoring period. Please make sufficient photocopies of this page for each school's order. One order page must be submitted for each school. Please keep a copy of the order form(s) for your files.

Submit the completed forms either by mail or fax to:


Attention: Tiffany McGuire

2410 B Hyde Park Road

Jefferson City, MO 65109

or by FAX to (573) 893-8932

(FAX both sides if codes listed on back.)

What is the LAS Links?

The LAS Links is the English language proficiency assessment that the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has selected to meet the requirement of No Child Left Behind to annually assess Missouri's students who are eligible for ELL (English Language Learner) services.

Who takes the LAS Links?

Students who are eligible for ELL services, are K-12 students, and who are enrolled in a Missouri public school or charter school academy take the LAS Links. 

How are eligible ELLs identified?

A Home Language Survey, a Title VI NCLB reporting requirement, is given to all students at the time of enrollment. It asks two questions:

1. Is the student's native tongue a language other than English?

2. Is a language other than English spoken in the student's home or environment?

If either of the answers to these questions is "yes," then the student is eligible to be assessed for English proficiency. Based on this assessment, as well as other locally-determined criteria which should include expert opinion, a district will enter the student into ELL services offered within the district, not enter the student and place them in mainstream education, or, in the case of a student who was enrolled but who has made sufficient progress determined by the district, exited from ELL services.


Why is the LAS Links given?

It measures, on an annual basis, the progress Missouri's ELLs are making in the acquisition of their English language skills. Reports on their progress are provided to districts, the state itself, and the federal government. The results also are calculated to determine if the district has met the AMAOs (Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives).

When is the ELPA given?

It is always administered in the Spring. The regular testing window is typically five weeks beginning in early February or late January. For Spring 2009, this window is from Monday, February 2, 2009 to Friday, March 6, 2009.

If you have questions regarding this e-mail, please contact Shawn Cockrum at 573-893-8931.


Bette Morff

Coordinator, Federal Grants and Financial Management

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

PO Box 480

Jefferson City, MO  65102





Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Division of School Improvement - Federal Grants Management
Email: webreplyfgm@dese.mo.gov
Phone: 573-751-3468 Fax: 573-526-6698
Revised: September 12, 2006

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