Ohio Test of English Language Acquisition

State and Federal law require an annual assessment of K-12 Limited English Proficient (LEP) students to measure their English language proficiency. The Ohio Test of English Language Acquisition (OTELA) is the assessment used for testing English language proficiency for Ohio LEP students in Grades K-12.

The OTELA is based on the test item banks and scales from the English Language Development Assessment (ELDA), which was used in Ohio Grades 3-12 in 2005, and Grades K-2 in 2006. ELDA is a test product for English language proficiency assessment developed through the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). Ohio was one member of a multi-state collaborative effort to develop and field test the ELDA. Field tests of ELDA items and forms were conducted in 2004, 2005 and 2006. In 2005, Ohio conducted a statewide census field test of the ELDA in Grades 3-12 and a census field test of grades K-2 in 2006.

The OTELA differs from ELDA in that it is comprised of shorter forms (fewer test items) for each tested domain. These shorter OTELA forms address the same English Language Proficiency standards and are of comparable reliability. ODE estimates that the overall test administration time required for the OTELA forms will be less than 40 percent of that required for the full length ELDA test forms.

Following are information and resources for the OTELA.

2014 OTELA Test Materials

  • Kindergarten Directions for Administration
    This document contains instructions, inventory items, scoring rubrics and optional student score recording sheets. It is the same document which is sent to schools by the test vendor.
  • Grades 1-2 Directions for Administration
    This document contains instructions, inventory items, scoring rubrics and optional student score recording sheets. It is the same document which is sent to schools by the test vendor.
  • Grades 3-12 Directions for Administration
    This document contains specific instructions for administering the grade 3-12 OTELA in reading, listening, speaking and writing.
  • Grades K-12 Coordinator Manual
    This document contains information for District and Building Test Coordinators for the current spring OTELA for grade levels K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.

OTELA

Training and Support Materials

Ohio Documents - Assessment Resources

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Spring 2014

TIDE Documents

Student Data File Layouts


 

 

Last Modified: 11/19/2014 8:10:46 AM