preLAS Introducing preLAS 2000 Gina Davis Assessment Consultant

preLAS Introducing preLAS 2000 Gina Davis Assessment Consultant

preLAS Introducing preLAS 2000 Gina Davis Assessment Consultant [email protected] 210.861.7445 preLAS

Agenda Language Assessment Needs for Early

Learners Introduction to preLAS Materials Overview - Kit Contents Test Overview Test Administration Scoring Pre-Literacy Assessment preLAS

English Language Proficiency Assessment for Early Learners The preLAS 2000 proficiency assessment consists of an Oral language component and a Pre-Literacy component May be used to assess students ages 3 to 6 Test results may be used to: o Identify incoming students o Place second language learners in appropriate classroom settings o Monitor student progress along the stages of language acquisition o Report language acquisition/skills in early childhood dual language programs

PreLAS provides a standardized language proficiency measure for all students preLAS Introduction to preLAS There are 5 subtest components utilized to report Oral language scores Included Pre-Literacy component (separate score for students) Individually administered - approximately 15 minutes per student Forms Available: 2 in English, 1 form in Spanish PreLAS reports five performance levels ranging from levels 1 (nonEnglish Speaker) to level 5 (Fluent English Speaker) Each level is further broken down into total scores, used to measure

progress over time Student performance profile sheet is included in the preLAS testing kit preLAS preLAS Kit Contents Kit Contents: 50 Student Answer Sheets 1 CD or Audio Cassette 1 Cue Picture Book

1 Game Board 1 Examiners Manual 1 Quick Reference Guide preLAS preLAS 2000 Components Oral language Descriptions found on page 2 in the Examiners

Manual preLAS preLAS Subtest Descriptions Simon Says: this section tests receptive language, listening comprehension, following directions, and total physical response (TPR). This section utilizes simple directives typically encountered in early kindergarten classrooms. Art Show: this section assesses expressive language and utilizes graphic stimuli to elicit labels for a number of concrete nouns. The

lexical items assessed in this subtest include concrete nouns and single-word responses. This section of the test shows a students ability to produce oral vocabulary and verb phrases at appropriate levels of development. preLAS preLAS Subtest Descriptions Say What You Hear: assesses the students receptive and expressive abilities with morphological and syntactical features and focuses on grammatical features.

The Human Body: this section of the test asks students to name 10 parts of the human body and focuses on lexicon commonly acquired by native-speaking children. Lets Tell Stories: assesses expressive language and represents an integrative approach to language testing. Students demonstrate their ability to produce complete sentences, retell simple narration with picture cues. preLAS

preLAS preLAS preLAS Test Administration Student Testing

preLAS preLAS 2000 Components Descriptions found on page 2 in the Examiners Manual preLAS 0 = NR, I dont know, Response in

another language 1 = Isolated words, fragments, no sentence structure 2 = at least one sentence appears, phrases, fragments, no story line 3 = story line, with errors in syntax, grammar, etc 4 = recognizable version of a story in coherent fluent sentences, simple word choice

5 = fluent, elaborate, detailed preLAS Scoring preLAS Parts 1-4 are scored using a number correct recorded the bottom of each subtest Part 5 is scored using the rubric found on page 26 of the Examiners Manual Scores are tabulated on the front of the student answer sheet

Proficiency Level and Total Score reporting preLAS preLAS Scoring 16 preLAS Pre-Literacy Component Preliteracy skills are assessed with a fun board game that is

designed to capture receptive and expressive language skills in action. As the teacher helps the student move around the board, these skills are assessed: o Upper and lowercase letter recognition o Number recognition and concepts o Color recognition o Shapes and spatial relationships o Reading two and threeletter sight words o Writing name, age, and two and threeletter sight words.

preLAS Thank you! Questions? Contact me: Gina Davis [email protected] 210.861.7445

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