Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment (OELPA)
The OELPA results were posted in the Online Reporting System
on May 15. The OELPA scores need to be reported separately from the reclassification but both need to be reported in EMIS. The collection for scores
will close on July 14, 2017. The reclassification
collection will close on July 28, 2017. If there are questions, please discuss them with your EMIS coordinator.
There have been questions on the date to be listed in EMIS when a student is reclassified as no longer an English learner. There may be some confusion on a specific date due to last year’s very unusual timing to report OELPA 2016 results. The first year of OELPA required standards to be set, which delayed the results. A specific date was given, Nov. 9-11, to make sure the results were reported before the 2017 reporting window opened. Giving a specific date for reclassification was very unusual and only done for the 2016 OELPA.
OELPA Test Window 2018
The 2018 OELPA test window is Feb. 5 – March 30
. Please plan your calendar for next year to allow testing within the test window. Waiting until the last week of the test window to administer the OELPA will jeopardize a student’s opportunity to test when unexpected incidents occur. There are no extensions to the OELPA test window.
Screener – Operational
The state screener will be available in school year 2018-19. Training will be provided through Skype, WebEx and the manuals. Each district will follow the same procedure as before for its screener choice in school year 2017-2018.
Please note, the exit criteria for the OELPA is not connected to the exit criteria for the OTELA. The OTELA is no longer being administered
. The OTELA scores are not
to be used with OELPA.
Under OELPA, the English learner will exit the program when an overall level of Proficient
has been attained. The overall Proficient means 4’s and 5’s on the four domains/tests (reading, speaking, writing and listening). For example, the levels could be 4455 or 4555 or 4444 or 5555 and so on. There are no “holding” levels or scores from one year to the next until a goal has been achieved. Each English learner’s status will be reviewed each year based on the OELPA results. An English learner this year and succeeding years will exit based only on the OELPA results.
The three overall performance levels are: Proficient, Emerging and Progressing
. The performance levels are determined as follows:
- Proficient means a student scored any combination of level 4’s and 5’s on the four tests – Exit;
- Progressing means a student scored a combination of levels on the four tests that did not allow the student to be considered Proficient or Emerging – No exit; and
- Emerging means a student scored any combination of level 1’s and 2’s on the four tests – No exit.