9-12 District
Test Coordinator

9-12 District
Test Coordinator

Ohio English Language Proficiency Screener (OELPS)


Name of Ohio Screener 

The name of the Ohio screener is the Ohio English Language Proficiency Screener (OELPS). AIR will call the screener the ELPA21 Screener for the first year. In TIDE, the test administrator will choose ELPA21 Screener.

Test Administration Manual 

The OELPS Test Administration Manual is available on the portal. The OELPS Resources are located on the OELPA web page. The OELPS Resources include:
  • Test Administration Manual (TAM);
  • Local Scoring Document coming;
  • Teacher Hand Scoring System (THSS) coming;
  • Data Entry Interface (DEI) coming.

OELPS 2018-2019 

The OELPS will be required for districts to administer at no cost to the district. The OELPS is the official screener to be used to identify English learners in Ohio. Commercial screeners may be used for functions other than English learner identification.
The OELPS is scheduled to be available in Ohio on Aug. 1, 2018. Districts may administer the OELPS at any time during the administration window, Aug. 1, 2018 through June 28, 2019. Districts are not required to start screening on Aug. 1, 2018.
The OLEPS is a secure test. The OELPS is online; however, there will be a paper format for those students who are unable to use the online format. Districts with situations (see article on page 2 of this bulletin) involving the limitation of technology should contact the Ohio Department of Education at statetests@education.ohio.gov to start the process to determine eligibility for an exception to online testing. Districts may begin the process to determine eligibility prior to the Aug. 1 start date of the OELPS. Paper tests must be ordered when the enrolled students’ needs become identified. Districts are not permitted to order multiple copies of the paper format to store until it is known that a student needs to be screened. The student responses on the paper test must be entered in the Data Entry Interface (DEI), which is the same procedure as the OELPA.
The OLEPS will be locally scored which means districts will score the constructed-response items on the speaking and writing tests. All other items will be scored by machine immediately after the response has been submitted. The scores will be merged for the final score. The local scoring will ensure timely identification of English learners.
Training for local scoring was provided by the Department through a PowerPoint that is posted on the OELPA webpage and on the portal. Please direct questions to Paula Mahaley at paula.mahaley@education.ohio.gov and Kurt Taube at kurt.taube@education.ohio.gov. Districts that would like a Skype presentation on the training may contact Paula Mahaley.

OLEPS Transition Period for SSID 

Districts must pre-identify or register in TIDE students that will be administered the OLEPS. The pre-identify task may be done on or after Aug. 1, 2018. The student must have an SSID to be registered in TIDE. Those districts that cannot receive a requested SSID in a timely period may extend the use of their commercial screener through Sept. 30, 2018. Starting on Oct. 1, 2018, all districts must use the OLEPS to identify English learners. This extension is for the school year of 2018-2019 only and will not be repeated next year. Districts must review their processes to obtain SSIDs in a timely manner for future use of the OLEPS.

Language Usage Survey 

Translations of the Language Usage Survey have been posted at this link.