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

9/11/2017

Domain Exemptions 

Domain exemptions are available for the 2017-2018 school year on the Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment (OELPA). Districts will register participating students in TIDE in advance of the test window and will indicate exemptions under test settings and tools in TIDE. Please see the TIDE User Guide for instructions on manually editing or uploading test settings.
 
Districts may exempt students from no more than three of the four domains on the OELPA if the student’s disability is such that the student cannot participate in the stated domain per the individualized education program (IEP) or 504 plan with existing accommodations. Like accommodations, the domain exemption must be documented on the IEP or 504 plan to be allowed. For example, students with hearing impairments could be exempt from taking the listening domain test; a nonverbal student could be exempt from taking the speaking domain test.
 
Students will receive an overall designation of Proficient if they receive 4s and/or 5s on all non-exempt domains. Students cannot receive an overall designation of Proficient if any domain is untested in the absence of a valid exemption or invalidated after testing. Additional information will be included in the Directions for Administration Manual.
 

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.
 
The 2018 OELPA results will be reported on May 14, 2018.

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.