K-8 District Test
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K-8 District Test
Coordinator
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Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment (OELPA)

7/31/2017

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 2018-2019. Training will be provided through Skype, WebEx and the manuals during the 2017-2018 school year. Each district will follow the same procedure as before for its screener choice in school year 2017-2018.

Exit Criteria 

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.