K-8 District Test
Coordinator
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K-8 District Test
Coordinator
Bulletin

Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment (OELPA)

3/5/2019

OELPA Test Window 2019 

The 2019 OELPA test window will close on March 29. Please plan your calendar 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.
 

Spring 2019 OELPA Paper Materials 

Districts that missed the Nov. 12-16 window may order during the additional order window Jan. 22-March 26. Pre-printed labels are not available for additional order. Print-on-demand labels will be available for districts to manually add the students’ names. Braille must be ordered through the Ohio Help Desk ohhelpdesk@air.org or (877) 231-7809.
 

Domain Exemptions 

The OELPA has four domains: listening, speaking, reading and writing. 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, English learners with hearing impairments could be exempt from taking the listening domain test; a nonverbal English learner could be exempt from taking the speaking domain test. An English learner reading below grade level is still a reader and would not qualify for an exemption.
 
Domain exemptions are available for the 2018-2019 school year on the OELPA. 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 students are not marked in TIDE as exempt prior to starting to test, they will not be “exempt” in the AIR systems.
 
Students will receive an overall designation of Proficient if they receive 4’s and/or 5’s 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 is included in the Test Coordinator Manual.