Ohio English Language Proficiency Screener (OELPS) FAQ

These are answers to the most frequently asked questions received by the Ohio Department of Education regarding the Ohio English Language Proficiency Screener (OELPS).

Note: Throughout the frequently asked questions, the term “districts” refers to public school districts and community schools.
 

OELPS Questions Related to OELPA

Standard English Learner Identification

Provisional Identification of English Learners during COVID-19

General Questions

OELPS Format

Student Participation

Administration

Accessibility and Accommodations

Manuals

Test Blueprint

Practice Test

Test Security

Scoring and Reporting

Technology

Professional Development


OELPS Questions Related to OELPA

    Must districts administer the OELPA to presumptive English learners?
    Yes. All English learners are administered the OELPA annually. Districts must provide appropriate language instruction services to presumptive English learners and must administer such students the OELPA.

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    If presumptive English learners have not been administered the OELPS, must they be administered the OELPA?

    Yes. All English learners should be administered the OELPA annually. Ideally, districts will administer the OELPS before the OELPA; however, an inability to administer the OELPS before the OELPA does not affect an English learner’s eligibility or requirement to take the OELPA.

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    Are districts required to screen presumptive English learners with the OELPS if they have been administered the 2021 OELPA?

    No. Districts may use the results of the 2021 OELPA to affirm the fact that a student is not proficient and therefore remains an English learner or exit the English learner as proficient if the student scores proficient (with OELPA scores of 4s, 5s or any combination of 4s and 5s).

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Standard English Learner Identification

    What is the identification process for English learners?

    Under federal law, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (2015), Ohio had to adopt a standardized procedure to identify and exit English learners that is applicable to all public school districts and community schools. Ohio began using the OELPS as part of its standardized procedure for identifying English learners in the 2018-2019 school year. School districts and community schools have a responsibility to identify English learners so they can provide instruction designed to help them use the English language and learn subject matter content. Ohio has a two-step process for identifying English learners. 

    Step One: Language Usage Survey 

    Step Two: OELPS based on the responses to the Language Usage Survey.  

    Please go to the document, Identifying English Learners in Ohio, for more information. 

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Provisional Identification of English Learners during COVID-19

    Are districts and schools expected to identify potential English learners for school year 2020-2021?

    Yes. Federal law maintains that schools must screen newly enrolled students to determine English learner status within 30 days of the beginning of the school year or within 15 days if the student enrolls later in the year. The Guidelines for Identifying English Learners outline Ohio’s standardized, two-step English learner identification system, which consists of the Language Usage Survey and the Ohio English Language Proficiency Screener (OELPS). Reset and Restart Education provides information on a provisional English learner identification for school administrators serving English learner and linguistically diverse families.

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    Will there be an extension to the requirement that schools identify English learners within 30 days of enrollment?

    No. At this time, there is no extension of the U.S. Department of Education (USED) 30-day identification requirement for students who enroll in a school at the beginning of the school year. Similarly, for students who enroll after the beginning of the school year, the school must complete the identification process and send the required parent notification within two weeks. For more information, please refer to the USED’s Fact Sheet on Providing Services to English Learners during the COVID-19 Outbreak (released May, 2020). 

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    What are the guidelines for face-to-face administration of the OELPS during COVID-19?

    The OELPS in-person administration is the same as in past years with one student and one test administrator.  There are some updated questions for the test administrator to answer at the end of Step One. The new questions are explained in the OELPS Test Administration Manual (TAM) on the test portal on pages 9-11 and pages 19-21. 

    Districts and schools may administer the OELPS in accordance with local health conditions and safety precautions. Health and safety precautions for students and test administrators may include but are not limited to the following: 

    • Personal protective equipment (masks, gloves, plexiglass carrels, etc.) for the student and test administrator; 
    • Disinfectant to allow for frequent cleaning of shared surfaces; 
    • Separate keyboard and mouse (Bluetooth) to allow distancing between the staff and student; 
    • Two monitors with one monitor for the student and the other for the test administrator to monitor the student’s progress and assist with navigating the test, if needed; and 
    • Devices with built-in speakers and microphones to avoid the use of external headsets and contact with the student.

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    Can the OELPS be administered remotely?

    No, not at this time. The OELPS administration is the same as in past years with one student and one test administrator conducting testing in-person. 

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    If the OELPS cannot be administered safely, are there remote test administration options?

    When it is not possible to safely administer the OELPS to potential English learners, districts and schools remain obligated to identify and serve students who would benefit from English language support and accommodations to access academic and nonacademic programs. To facilitate the timely identification of English learners in cases where there are no options to administer the OELPS, the USED suggests a provisional English learner identification (see questions 3-4 in the federal guidelines published May 18, 2020). In addition, the Ohio Department of Education has developed Reset and Restart Education information for School Administrators Serving English Learners and Linguistically Diverse Families. Please refer to the section on Identification and Placement of English Learners, Step 2 regarding a provisional or temporary English learner identification.  

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    What resources are available to identify English learners if the OELPS cannot be administered to students who enroll during the 2020-2021 school year?
    The Council of the Great City Schools offers a resource that provides sample tools to screen English language proficiency during extended school-building closures or periods of remote learning: Assessing Language Proficiency during Extended School Closures.
     If districts or schools have vendor screeners that were used before the OELPS (e.g., Language Assessment Scale (LAS) Links, Idea Proficiency Test (IPT), Woodcock-Muñoz), those vendor screeners could estimate students’ English language proficiency until the OELPS can be administered.
     

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    Is the OELPS required to be administered to students provisionally identified as English learners?

    Eventually, yes, it is required when schools can safely administer the OELPS to students. 

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    Is the provisional identification reported to EMIS?

    No, only English learners who have received qualifying scores on the OELPS are reported in Ohio’s Education Management Information System (EMIS). Students who are identified as provisional English learners are not reported in EMIS until further notice. This is to maintain the integrity of the standardized English learner identification process mandated by the Every Student Succeeds Act.

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    Are districts and schools required to notify parents and guardians of student identification during the COVID-19?

    Recent federal guidance has clarified that districts and schools should not delay notification about a student’s identification as an English learner and eligibility for services. Districts and schools should apply the practice of written notification of parents or caregivers within 30 days of their child’s provisional identification as an English learner. The 30-day window applies to students who enroll at the beginning of the school year; schools have two weeks to identify and notify parents of students who enroll after the beginning of the school year. 

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    Are there specifications for the notification?

    Districts and schools continue to have the obligation to assure that parent notification of their student’s identification as an English learner is provided in language that is understandable to the parent and guardian. Notification must include information about the language development program and accommodations provided in the academic and nonacademic curriculum. Parents should receive information regarding the supports and access their students will receive in remote, blended, hybrid and face-to-face modes of instruction provided to all students.

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General Questions

    How was the OELPS developed?
    Through its member states, the English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21) consortium developed the OELPS through a federal Enhanced Assessment Grant. Eight states belong to the consortium: Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oregon, Washington and West Virginia. OELPS is Ohio’s name for the same ELPA21 Screener administered by the other ELPA21 states.  

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    Is the OELPS an approved option for a diagnostic assessment in Kindergarten through grade 3?
    No, the OELPS and the diagnostic assessments serve distinct purposes. The OELPS may not be substituted for the diagnostic assessment. 

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    What is the Ohio English Language Proficiency Screener (OELPS)?
    The OELPS is an English language proficiency test administered to identify English learners. It measures a student’s English skills in the four language domains: listening, reading, writing and speaking. The OELPS is the only approved assessment by which districts identify English learners in Ohio. 

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    Which schools must administer the OELPS?
    All districts must administer the OELPS to identify English learners. The chartered nonpublic schools are not required to administer the OELPS but may do so at no charge. If a chartered nonpublic school decides to administer the OELPS, it must follow all testing rules. 

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OELPS Format

    In addition to the OELPS paper test, what special versions of the OELPS are available?

    Large-print and Braille versions are available. To order the OELPS paper test, large-print and Braille test booklets, districts contact statetests@education.ohio.gov. The vendor ships a general education-size test booklet with the large-print booklet and Braille test booklet to record each student’s responses. 

    Test administrators enter student responses for the paper, large-print and Braille versions in the Data Entry Interface (DEI) on the portal. 

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    Is preapproval required to use the OELPS paper test?

    Yes. The OELPS paper test is available for students who cannot test online. All districts must schedule time and provide technology appropriate for their local situations. The following are situations when districts may be eligible for the paper test(s): 

    • A district with students who require the paper test as an accommodation documented in an individualized educational program (IEP) or 504 plan or due to a student’s religious beliefs; or 

    • A district that lacks the required technology infrastructure to test all students online, including schools that are new to state testing and verify a lack of technology to test all students online; or experience a change in the district’s or school’s technology system that impacts capacity to test all students online. 

    Districts must contact the Ohio Department of Education at statetests@education.ohio.gov to start the process of determining eligibility for an exception to online testing. 

    Once approved, the Office of Assessment places orders with the vendor for the paper tests. Districts may not order multiple copies of the paper test to store until a student enrolls. Districts do not place OELPS paper test orders through the Test Information and Distribution Engine (TIDE); they contact the Department at the email address above. 

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    What are the grade bands for the OELPS?
    The grade bands are Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grades 2-3, Grades 4-5, Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12. The OELPS grade bands align with the grade bands in the Ohio English Language Proficiency Standards

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    What is the design of the OELPS?
    The OELPS is intended as an online test for all potential English learners. Ohio allows paper tests as an accommodation for specific preapproved situations

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Student Participation

    If a transfer student has been identified as an English learner in a previous Ohio district or another state, must the district administer the OELPS?

    Ohio respects the previous district’s or state’s English learner identification and exit procedures. 

    When transferring from another Ohio district or an out-of-state school, a student who has been identified as an English learner but did not meet the previous district’s or out-of-state school’s English learner exit criteria is an English learner in Ohio and the district does not need to screen. The student, however, is required to take the OELPA and other state tests applicable to the student’s grade level and districts should report the student as an English learner in Ohio Education Management Information System (EMIS) per the student’s transferred records.  

    A student transferring from another Ohio district or an out-of-state school who met the Ohio district’s or the previous state’s exit criteria is not an English learner in Ohio. The student is not screened and does take the OELPA. Districts must monitor former English learners for persistent language barriers for a minimum of two years after exiting English learner status.

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    If the school or family are concerned a student may have an English language barrier, may a district “rescreen” a student who was previously administered a vendor screener but not identified as an English learner?
    Yes, the OELPS may be used if the student was originally screened using a screener other than the OELPS. A student may not retake the OELPS.  

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    Is the screener only for new incoming students to our school or are we supposed to administer the OELPS to all current English learners AND new students?

    Districts administer the OELPS only to newly enrolled students who are potential English learners based on the results of the Language Usage Survey. 

    If teachers observe or perceive a difficulty with English for a student who is not newly enrolled and has not been screened, the teacher could screen the student using the OELPS in consultation with the family and school staff. 

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    Should the OELPS be administered to a student previously screened using a vendor screener?
    A student who was identified as an English learner through a vendor screener prior to the release of the OELPS (Aug. 1, 2018) should not be rescreened with the OELPS.  

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    What if the student’s available OELPA results indicate proficiency?
    If the student’s OELPA records indicate an overall performance level of Proficient, the OELPS nor the OELPA should be administered. The student is no longer an English learner, but should be monitored for persistent language difficulty. 

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    What should happen if the student’s records are incomplete or not sent at all by the previous school?
    The district must have documentation from another Ohio district or another state about the student’s English learner status. If no documentation regarding the student’s English learner status is available, the district would follow Ohio’s English learner identification procedure

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    Who takes the OELPS?

    Districts administer the OELPS to potential English learners identified by the family’s responses in the Language Usage Survey. Districts are required to administer the OELPS to newly enrolled students whose Language Usage Survey indicates the significant influence of language(s) other than English.  

    Chartered nonpublic schools are not required to administer the OELPS but may do so at no charge. Chartered nonpublic schools that participate in the Title III grant program for English learners consult with the district to determine whether the OELPS or another screener will be used in the chartered nonpublic school’s program.  

    Foreign-exchange students should be considered for the two-step identification process just like any other student new to the district. Foreign-exchange students have access to English learner-appropriate assessment accommodations only when identified as English learners. Foreign-exchange students identified as English learners are required to take the Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment (OELPA) and any other state tests administered for the student’s grade level. 

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Administration

    Does the test administrator score Step Three while the student is taking the OELPS?
    No, the student and the test administrator log out of the OELPS. The test administrator logs in to the Teacher Hand Scoring System where the student responses and rubric for scoring are located. Refer to the OELPS Teacher Hand Scoring System User Guide

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    How does the test administrator access the OELPS?
    The test administrator logs in to the TA Interface on the portal to create a test session for the student.
     

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    How much time should a district or school schedule for the tests?
    Testing times vary based on student effort and progress through the three segments of the screener. Districts could plan 30-90 minutes per test administration.
     

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    Is it necessary to register in TIDE the students who will take the OELPS?
    Yes. The district must register or preidentify in TIDE each student who will take the OELPS. Registration places the student’s SSID in the system and allows the student access to the test. Registration also allows the test administrator to configure testing settings and accommodations if necessary.
    Chartered nonpublic schools contact statetests@education.ohio.gov to have the Statewide Student Identifier (SSID) assigned for its students. Additional information for chartered nonpublic student identifiers for state tests is on the Department website.
     

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    Must the OELPS be given to one student at one time?
    Yes, the student and test administrator work together during the Practice Test and the test administrator scores the speaking items in Step Two. The test administrator is physically present in the room with the student. Remote administration is not possible as it would be a potential test security violation. There is no group administration for any part of the OELPS.

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    What assistance may the test administrator give to the student?
    The test administrator may help the student navigate the computer or tablet. If the student has difficulty choosing answers with the keyboard or mouse, the test administrator may type or mark the student’s response. The test administrator may not give or assist in creating a response.
     

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    What if the test administrator does not score the student responses in Step Three?
    The Online Reporting System (ORS) will not report results until the test administrator scores the constructed responses in Step Three in the Teacher Hand Scoring System (THSS). 

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    What is the structure of the OELPS administration?

    Districts administer the OELPS as a single test and not as four separate tests as is the OELPA. It is intended that districts administer the OELPS in one day. There may be extraordinary circumstances that cause a student’s test to be stopped. In these cases, the district would need Department approval to resume the test on another day by requesting a Reopen or Reset in TIDE

    The OELPS is arranged in three sections called steps. All steps include listening, speaking, reading and writing items. The three steps are: 

    • Step One, or the Practice Test, familiarizes the student with the look and feel of the test and with the technological skills needed during the scored sections of the test; Step One is not scored; 

    • Step Two identifies most students as English learners; test administrators score the constructed-response items from Step Two on the student’s device during the test session; the Screener Step Two Speaking Scoring Document (scoring rubric) must be printed and reviewed before beginning the OELPS; and 

    • Step Three distinguishes between the overall proficiency levels of Proficient and Progressing; Step Three is scored after the student logs off; the test administrator must log in to the Teacher Hand Scoring System to access and score the student responses using the scoring rubric. 

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    What should a new OELPS test administrator do to prepare?
    The test administrator should start with the OELPS webpage to review general OELPS information. The test administrator must review the OELPS Test Administrator Manual and the Step Two Speaking Scoring Document prior to administering the OELPS. If the student progresses to Step Three of the OELPS, the test administrator must review the OELPS Teacher Hand Scoring System User Guide before scoring the student responses from Step Three. The manuals are posted on the portal. 

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    When do districts administer the OELPS?
    For new students enrolled at the beginning of the school year, the district has 30 days to complete the identification procedure. For new students enrolling after the beginning of the school year, the district has 15 days to complete the identification procedure. See Identifying English Learners in Ohio for more information.
     

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    When is the OELPS available?
    The administration window typically is August through June. Check the Test Dates webpage for the specific dates each school year. Districts may access the OELPS at any time throughout the school year. The OELPS closes for annual maintenance in July.
     

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    Who can administer the OELPS?
    To administer the OELPS, the test administrator must
    1. Be an employee of the district; and
    2. Hold a current license, certificate or permit issued by the Ohio Department of Education.
    The license or certificate is not limited to a teaching license or certificate.

     

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Accessibility and Accommodations

    Are accommodations available for the OELPS?
    Yes, the OELPA Accessibility Manual addresses the accommodations available to students taking the OELPS and the OELPA.
     

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    Are translations of the OELPS available in languages other than English?
    No, translations are not available. Students take the OELPS in English as this is an assessment of English language proficiency. Oral translation and word-to-word dictionaries are not allowed either.
     

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    What is domain exemption?
    Domain exemptions are available for the OELPS. Districts mark the domain exemption for each student through TIDE registration. The domain exemption must be marked prior to the start of the test. Please see the TIDE User Guide for instructions on manually editing or uploading test settings. If the domain exemption is not marked in TIDE prior to starting the OELPS, score reporting will be affected and possibly state report cards. 

    Districts may exempt students from up to three of the four domains on the OELPS 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 appropriate accommodations. The domain exemption must be documented on the IEP or 504 plan to be allowed. For example, English learners with hearing impairments could be exempt from taking the listening domain questions, and a nonverbal English learner could be exempt from taking the speaking domain questions. An English learner reading below grade level is still a reader and would not qualify for an exemption.

    A student’s identification as an English learner is made on the nonexempted domains.
     

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Manuals

    What manuals and guidance are available for the OELPS?
    The Department posts OELPS manuals on the portal under OELPS Resources. The table below describes the manuals, including when to review them and their contents.
    OELPS Manuals
    MANUAL WHEN TO REVIEW CONTENTS
    Test Administrator Manual Before administering the OELPS Policies and procedures for administering the OELPS.
    ELPA21 Screener Step Two Speaking Scoring Document Before administering the OELPS Procedures, including rubrics, to score the speaking items in Step Two of the screener.
    Teacher hand Scoring System (THSS) User Guide Before administering the OELPS Instructions for scoring students’ speaking and writing responses from Step Three of the screener. Test administrators score these items using the rubric in the Teacher Hand Scoring System (THSS); the THSS User Guide explains how to use the system and enter scores.
    Data Entry Interface User Guide After students have completed a paper, large-print or Braille version of the screener Instructions for entering student responses for the OELPS paper, large-print and Braille versions into the Data Entry Interface
    Screener Online Reporting System (ORS) Quick Guide When screener results are available, typically three hours after students have completed the screener Instructions for accessing Online Reporting System (ORS) where the OELPS results are reported.

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Test Blueprint

    How many items are on the OELPS?
    The number of items varies depending on where the test is stopped. A student’s test may end after any of the three steps depending on their participation and responses. The table explains the number of items per step.
    OELPS Number of Items per Step
    Segment Domains Items and Scoring Information
    Step One Listening
    • 7-10 practice items
    • Not scored
    Reading
    Speaking
    Writing
    Step Two Speaking
    • 22-25 items, including 4 speaking items
    • Scored
    • Test administrator scores speaking items during the test, remaining items are machine-scored
     
    Reading
    Listening
    Writing
    Step Three Listening
    • 18-23 items
    • Scored
    • Test administrator scores K-1 speaking items and Grade 2-12 speaking and writing items in the Teacher Hand Scoring Systems after the test ends and student logs off, remaining items are machine-scored
    Reading
    Speaking
    Writing

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Practice Test

    Is an OELPS practice test available?
    The OELPS Practice Test is embedded within the screener. Step One of the screener provides the student an opportunity to become familiar with the test system. While Step One is not secure, it must not be copied or reproduced in any manner.

    In addition to the embedded practice items, students may use the OELPA practice test to prepare for the OELPS as the item types and test delivery system are the same on both the OELPS and the OELPA.

    Test administrators must not practice the OELPS by logging in to the screener using a false student name. This is a test security violation.
     

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Test Security

    What test security should be followed for the OELPS?
    The OELPS is a secure state test. Test administrators must follow test security protocol as established in Ohio law and rules. Review the Test Security chapter in the Rules Book for additional information.
     

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Scoring and Reporting

    What is the process of the hand scoring?
    The test administrator will score the student responses for the speaking items in Step Two while the student is completing Step Two. After the student has completed and reviewed items in Step Two, the computer compiles the hand scores and the machine scores to calculate the proficiency level to determine whether the student stops at the end of Step Two or goes on to Step Three. If the computer stops the students after Step Two, the student has been identified as an English learner and will log off.

    If the student has scored enough points to be eligible for the proficient level, the computer allows the student to move to Step Three and the next item appears. Once the student completes and reviews all items in Step Three, the student logs off. The test administrator does not score the student responses while the student is logged in. The test administrator will log in to the Teacher Hand Scoring System (THSS) to score the student responses. The scoring rubric for Step Three is included in the THSS for the test administrator to use during scoring. When the test administrator submits the scores and logs off, the computer will calculate the student’s overall proficiency level. Test administrators should review the Teacher Hand Scoring System User Guide prior to scoring Step Three.
     

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    Are the constructed-response items in Step Three scored the same way as those in Step Two?
    Districts score the constructed-response items locally. The constructed-response items include the speaking and writing items to which the student creates their own response.
    The test administrator does not score the student responses from Step Three while the student is taking the OELPS. Only in Step Two does the test administrator score the student responses while the student is logged in. The test administrator scores the student responses from Step Three after the student ends the test and logs out.

    To score the constructed-response items from Step Three, the test administrator logs in to the Teacher Hand Scoring System (THSS), reviews each response and enters a score using the rubric. The THSS requires a user name and password to log in. The test administrator will see the scoring rubrics for Step Three when the test administrator logs in to the THSS. Refer to the THSS User Guide for complete information.

    If the test administrator does not score the student responses in the THSS, the student responses remain in the system and no student results are available. When the test administrator submits the scores and logs out of the THSS, the systems calculates the results and makes them available in approximately three hours in the Online Reporting System (ORS) on the portal.
     

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    How can districts communicate students results to parents and students who use languages other than English?
    The Department provides translations of the OELPS Individual Student Results. To notify English learner parents about their student’s results, districts may download the translated templates. Translations are available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Nepali, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Turkish, Twi and Vietnamese.
     

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    How is the OELPS scored?
    Districts score the constructed-response items locally. The constructed-response items include the speaking and writing items to which students create their own responses. The test system scores all other items when the student submits them. The system then merges the scores to determine the student’s overall proficiency level. Scoring the constructed-response items locally ensures more timely results and identification of English learners.

    For the paper, large-print and Braille versions, test administrators must enter all student responses in the Data Entry Interface (DEI).
     

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    What are the performance levels for the OELPS?
    The four domains have a range of 1 to 5, with 5 as the most proficient level. The combination of the domain scores determines the overall proficiency level.
    The table below describes the overall proficiency levels.
    Overall Proficiency Level Domain Scores
    Proficient Domains scores of 4s and or 5s
    Progressing A combination of scores that is not Proficient or Emerging
    Emerging Domain scores of 1s and 2s
    When reporting students English learner status in Ohio’s Education Management Information System (EMIS), “trial mainstream” classification is not determined by the OELPS scores. Only OELPA scores identify students in the trial mainstream.
     

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    What does the term “nonparticipant” mean for the OELPS?
    There is a category called nonparticipant. The student who does not engage with the test during the Step One Practice Test may be determined a nonparticipant student. The district makes the decision for a nonparticipant label, which means the student has been identified as an English learner. The district determines the performance level: either Emerging or Progressing.

    A student who responds in a native language, points to the screen, nods or shakes his or her head, blinks, etc. has responded, is a participant and should move to Step Two. The student who makes absolutely no response is a nonparticipant.

    After the student attempts the test and has not participated (answering one question constitutes participation), the test administrator decides that the student is a nonparticipant. Once the test administrator decides, the student is identified as an English learner. It will be up to the test administrator and others in the district to determine the student’s overall proficiency level.
     

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    When will the scores be reported?
    A student’s OELPS results are available in the Online Reporting System (ORS) approximately three hours after the student submits the tests and the test administrator scores any items in the Teacher Hand Scoring System.

    Districts may print the Individual Student Reports (ISR) from the ORS. The Department does not ship the Individual Student Report to districts.
     

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Technology

    Do students need earbuds, headphones or a microphone?
    Students may use a headset with headphone and microphone; however, it is not required as the student is the only participant on the OELPS. The student will need a microphone if the student-testing device does not have a built-in microphone.
     

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    Is there specific information on the secure browser for the OELPS?
    Yes. Review the Online System Requirements on the portal for more information.
     

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    What testing system provides the OELPS? Is it the same as Ohio’s State Tests system?
    Yes. The Department provides the same online system for the OELPS, the OELPA and Ohio’s State Tests.
     

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Professional Development

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