Ohio English Language Proficiency Screener (OELPS)
Out-of-State Transfer Student
An enrolled student from an out-of-state district or school who did not
meet the previous state’s English language exit criteria is considered an English learner in Ohio and is required to take the OELPA and the state tests. A student from an out-of-state school who met the previous state’s exit criteria
is not considered an English learner in Ohio.
An enrolled student from an out-of-state school who was screened and identified as an English learner
is considered an English learner in Ohio, is required to have services provided and be administered the OELPA. Ohio respects the previous state’s identification and exit process.
Scoring the OELPS Step 3
It is important that the test administrators read the Teacher Hand Scoring System User Guide
before starting the OELPS. In Step 3, the test administrator will hand score the speaking questions using the scoring rubric presented in the Teacher Hand Scoring System. Directions for the hand scoring and the rubric are on page 7 in the Teacher Hand Scoring User Guide. Please note, the Step 3 rubrics are specific to the items, which is why the rubrics are not posted on the portal. The range of points for Step 3 items is 2-5. Step 3 hand scoring is completed after the student logs off. The test administrator must log in to the Teacher Hand Scoring System. The hand and machine scores are merged for the final score.
Federal Timeline Requirement
The federal timeline of 30 calendar days at the beginning of the school year ended. Districts have two weeks to complete the identification process for a newly enrolled student during the school year.
PowerPoint training for the OELPS is provided through Skype. Districts that would like a Skype presentation on the training may contact Paula Mahaley at email@example.com