Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment

Supporting English Language Learners in the Classroom

Ohio is a member of the English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century, ELPA21, a group of states committed to supporting educators, member states, and the public as they adopt and implement the new English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards and college- and career-ready standards. The consortium is developing an assessment system based on the ELP Standards that will inform instruction so that all English language learners (ELLs) leave high school prepared for college and career success.

The ELPA21 assessment system measures and reports on student’s English language proficiency overall, as well as in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and comprehension. It is being designed to be interactive for students; reduce turnaround time on reporting results; improve efficiency of data collection and management; increase security of test content and student data; and reduce administrative burdens on school and district staff.

Learn how ELPA21 is working to support English language learners as well as their parents and teachers.

ELPA21 Field Test

ELPA21 conducted a “test of the test” to collect feedback on the ELPA21 assessment system to aid in the development of the operational tests. The Field Tests were conducted February 2-March 31, 2015. Find resources and information on the Field Test here.

For more information about Ohio's involvement in ELPA21, contact Paula Mahaley at paula.mahaley@education.ohio.gov or (614) 466-0217.

Ohio Test of English Language Acquisition (OTELA)

This test is no longer administered because the ELPA 21 has replaced this assessment. The information below will be useful to teachers who administered OTELA in the past.

Last Modified: 11/12/2015 9:51:04 AM