Ohio English Language Proficiency Screener (OELPS)
The OELPS will remain posted through July 12, 2019. AIR originally had scheduled OELPS maintenance the entire month of July. After discussion, however, AIR has reduced the maintenance period to two weeks. The two weeks of added OELPS time will allow districts to screen in the summer students entering school for the first time for school year 2019-2020. The Kindergarten OELPS is based on the K-12 Kindergarten English Language Proficiency Standards and should be given as close as possible to the beginning of the school year.
Early Kindergarten Screening
Some districts choose to screen preschool students in the spring who will be enrolling in kindergarten in the fall. This screening is usually called Early Kindergarten Screening. The OELPS cannot
be used for the Early Kindergarten Screening as the OELPS was not developed to screen preschool students and is not based on preschool standards. The OELPS is based on the K-12 English Language Proficiency Standards and is the Ohio tool used to identify English learners enrolled in public schools.
Students who will enter kindergarten in the fall may be screened any time after the last day of preschool, even if this is before the end of the OELPS window in July. For the most valid results, the OELPS should be given as close as possible to the beginning of the kindergarten school year when the students are no longer attending preschool.
Districts that choose to screen preschool students would use a vendor screener for purposes other than identifying English learners and then use the OELPS for identification when those students are in kindergarten.