Ohio English Language Proficiency Screener (OELPS)
The OELPS will remain posted through July 12, 2019. AIR originally had scheduled OELPS maintenance the entire month of July. After discussion, however, AIR, has reduced the maintenance period to two weeks. The two weeks of added OELPS time will allow districts to screen in the summer for students entering school for the first time for school year 2019-2020.
Early Kindergarten Screening
Some districts choose to screen preschool students in the spring who will be enrolling in kindergarten in the fall. This screening is usually called Early Kindergarten Screening. The OELPS cannot
be used for the Early Kindergarten Screening as the OELPS was not developed to screen preschool students and is not based on preschool standards. The OELPS was developed for K-12 students and is based on the K-12 English Language Proficiency Standards.
Districts that choose to screen preschool students would need to use a vendor screener for purposes other than identifying English learners. The OELPS is the only Ohio tool used to identify English learners.
Preschool students who are screened using a vendor screener need to be screened again using the OELPS for identification.