After the student registers with Pike-Delta-York Local School District, the family fills out a Home Language Survey. If the student's home language is not English, then the school English Language aide facilitates gathering further information to learn the student and family's needs.
The EL aide will administer the Ohio English Language Proficiency Screener (OELPS) , the state's diagnostic tool for English proficiency levels to determine if the student is eligible for EL services. Parents will receive a letter (in the student’s home language if needed) outlining the district’s EL program, exit procedure, and a consent form which is to be returned to school. The student will begin receiving EL services; one-on-one or small group tutoring outside of the classroom, and help during academic assist or study halls. The student may also have accommodations or modifications on classwork as necessary.
The student’s progress will be assessed using Ohio’s Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment (OELPA) which is given annually. The results of the OELPA test will be mailed to students’ homes, and a copy will be placed in each student’s school file. The student will fulfill the state of Ohio’s exit requirements if the student achieves an OELPA score of 4 (Advanced) or 5 (Fully Proficient).
If the student receives a 4, the student is then trial-mainstreamed for one year, and academic progress is monitored. If the student receives a 5, the student may be released from the ELL Program. A letter will be sent to the student’s home stating that the student has fulfilled the state of Ohio’s English proficiency requirements and will be released from the EL program.
Further information can be found on the Ohio Department of Education’s website.