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Assessments of Reading, Writing and Mathematics,
Primary Division (Grades 1–3) and Junior Division (Grades 4–6)

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2014 Bulletin for Teachers
Ontario Curriculum by Grade or Subject

Summary of Results and Strategies for Teachers, 2013–2014

The summary of results provides an overview of results at the provincial level as well as a comparison of results over time and strategies to assist teachers, parents and other education stakeholders in helping students develop and demonstrate their knowledge and skills in reading, writing and mathematics.

Summary of Results and Strategies for Teachers, 2013–2014 [PDF] | Posted 09.29.14

Student Assessment Booklets and Scoring Guides (tests questions and examples of student answers), 2013–2014

After each assessment, EQAO makes approximately half of the test items (questions) public. This allows EQAO to build a bank of assessment materials that can be used in the future.

Items that are not published are replaced by their description. Test booklets and examples of the student answers from the past five years also remain available.

ALTERNATIVE FORMATS: Large-Print, MP3 audio, Braille, Word, WordPDF, Word Q, Kurzweil 1000, Kurzweil 3000, Read and Write Gold, Premier and HTML formats of the 2013–2014 | 2012–2013 Assessment Booklets are also available below. If you encounter difficulties, please contact your school IT representative.

2013–2014 | 2012–2013 | 2011–2012 | 2010–2011 | 2009–2010

Sample Individual Student Reports

These sample Individual Student Reports show how students receive their results for the province-wide primary- and junior-division Assessments of Reading, Writing and Mathematics, 2013–2014.

Primary Division [PDF] | Posted 09.17.14
Junior Division [PDF] | Posted 09.17.14

Guide to EQAO Assessments in Elementary School

This guide describes the two EQAO tests Ontario students write in elementary school (available for download in 21 languages).

Administration Guide, Spring 2014

This guide has been developed to provide direction and information to principals and teachers administering the assessments in the primary and junior divisions in spring 2014. Administering the assessments according to the guidelines in this document will ensure province-wide consistency before, during and after the administration.

Administration Guide, Spring 2014 [PDF] | Posted 02.27.14

Guide for Accommodations, Special Provisions and Exemptions, Spring 2014

This guide provides information and directions to assist principals and teachers in making decisions about accommodations for students with special education needs, special provisions for English-language learners and exemptions for students writing the Assessments of Reading, Writing and Mathematics, Primary Division (Grades 1-3) and Junior Division (Grades 4-6).

Guide for Accommodations, Special Provisions and Exemptions, Spring 2014 [PDF] | Posted 02.27.14

SDC Timelines

The “SDC Timelines” list the important dates for the Student Data Collection (SDC) system process. They indicate the critical tasks that school administrators must perform during each phase of data collection to ensure that test materials are properly ordered and student information is accurate.

SDC Timelines [PDF] | Posted 01.31.14

Teacher Bulletin, Spring 2014

This bulletin provides an overview of the assessment structure and administration. Also included is information regarding educator resources available on the EQAO Web site.

Teacher Bulletin, Spring 2014 [PDF] | Posted 01.28.14

French Immersion Glossary

The French Immersion Glossary lists terms to assist French Immersion students writing the mathematics components of the assessments.

French Immersion Glossary [PDF] | Posted 01.10.14

School Stories—Case Studies: Schools on the Journey of Learning

EQAO is privileged to have gathered a number of stories from local school communities that exemplify the many successful learning environments in publicly funded schools across the province.

Posted 09.24.2014

EQAO: Ontario’s Provincial Assessment Program—Its History and Influence

This report provides an overview of the work of the agency, its evolution over the last 16 years and its influence on public education in Ontario.

EQAO: Ontario's Provincial Assessment Program—Its History and Influence [PDF] | Posted 06.27.13

Grade 3 Student Answer Sheet Pilot Test, March–May 2013

This is an important voluntary opportunity for schools to provide feedback about Grade 3 students’ capability to use a Student Answer Sheet, and a chance to suggest areas for improvement. The pilot will involve schools administering a test similar in format and procedure to the Assessment of Reading, Writing and Mathematics that occurs each year in spring.

The pilot will consist of the following documents, provided by EQAO for download:

Volunteer teachers will be sent a link to respond to a survey upon completion of the pilot.

Professional Responsibilities for the Administration of the Assessments of Reading, Writing and Mathematics, Primary and Junior Divisions

This document describes in full the responsibilities of all those involved at any stage before, during or after the administration of the Assessments of Reading, Writing and Mathematics, Primary and Junior Divisions in schools. An abbreviated version appears in the Administration Guide .

Professional Responsibilities for the Administration of the Assessments of Reading, Writing and Mathematics, Primary and Junior Divisions [PDF] | Posted 03.13.13

EQAO Policies and Procedures

This document outlines EQAO’s policies and procedures related to the Assessments of Reading, Writing and Mathematics, Primary and Junior Divisions.

EQAO Policies and Procedures [PDF] | Posted 02.07.13

Mathematics Manipulatives

EQAO assessments reflect the curriculum, including its expectations that encourage the use of manipulatives. There may therefore be questions on the assessments that require specific mathematics manipulatives. The following mathematics manipulatives are mentioned in The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1–8: Mathematics (revised 2005).

Mathematics Manipulatives

Posted 04.17.12

The Power of Ontario’s Provincial Testing Program

This document describes how EQAO’s provincial tests, which gather information from every student at key stages of their education, contribute to public accountability and to the continuous improvement on the part of every student in Ontario’s publicly funded education system.

The Power of Ontario’s Provincial Testing Program [PDF] | Posted 02.29.12

Understanding Levels of Achievement: Using EQAO Information to Improve Student Learning (Primary and Junior Divisions)

These resources were developed to assist teachers in identifying their students’ strengths and areas that need improvement and in observing trends related to thinking and learning skills in each subject. Teachers will be able to use this resource to inform their own diagnostic, formative and summative assessments and to observe trends in student performance in order to help plan instruction that will support student improvement.

Primary Division [PDF] | Posted 03.02.12
Junior Division [PDF] | Posted 03.02.12

6 Questions to Ask When Looking at Your School’s Results

It’s important for parents to understand their school’s EQAO results, in addition to their child’s individual results. The resource “6 Questions to Ask When Looking at Your School’s Results” can help parents understand and talk about the school’s results with the principal, teachers and each other.

6 Questions to Ask When Looking at Your School’s Results (Available for download in 21 languages)

Curriculum Connections in Language: Reading and Writing

EQAO's Assessments of Reading, Writing and Mathematics, Primary Division (Grades 1–3) and Junior Division (Grades 4–6) are solidly grounded in The Ontario Curriculum. This document demonstrates the links or connections that exist between the assessments and various grades and subjects in the primary and junior divisions.

Curriculum Connections in Language: Reading and Writing [PDF] | Posted 07.29.11

EQAO’s Video Guide to Key Test Administration Procedures

This video highlights key responsibilities of Ontario educators concerning the proper administration of EQAO’s provincial tests. Full instructions are contained in the Administration and Accommodation Guides appropriate to each assessment.

Youtube | Vimeo

Running time: 00:04:47 | Posted 03.22.11

EQAO Tests: What Parents Need to Know

This presentation provides an overview of the provincial testing program and of how the results can be used by parents and school communities.

“What Parents Need to Know About Province-Wide Testing” [PDF] | Posted 09.15.10

About Ontario’s Province-Wide Tests Video

This video describes how Ontario’s province-wide assessments are linked to The Ontario Curriculum and how the results are used to help improve learning for all students.

Youtube | Vimeo

Running time: 00:04:57 | Posted 09.15.10

Tracking Your Children’s Progress: The Power of Good Information for Parents

This video presentation is designed to encourage parents and guardians to track their children’s literacy progress and talk with their children’s teachers about how best to provide the support that’s needed.

Youtube | Vimeo

Running time: 00:03:10 | Posted 09.15.10

EQAO Technical Reports

These reports outline the technical features and professional expertise that were used to ensure the accuracy, validity and psychometric integrity of the EQAO assessments. A full report and an executive summary are prepared each year.

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EQAO Connects: a Web Magazine for Ontario Educators

EQAO Connects is a Web magazine that has been created specifically for Ontario educators and is published three times a year!

With EQAO Connects,

  • get practical tips and strategies from your peers;
  • learn about successful practices in other Ontario schools;
  • discover how to develop more effective classroom tests;
  • find out how to get the most out of EQAO data and
  • try your hand at scoring EQAO test questions.

EQAO Connects is also a great opportunity to connect with other educators across the province!

View current issue

Generic Rubrics

EQAO assessments are scored using rubrics. The rubrics for the primary and junior division assessments give the criteria for scoring and describe the type of student response that receives each of the codes. The following are the generic rubrics from which the item-specific rubrics (see Scoring Guides) are developed for each open-response item on the assessment.

Generic Rubrics for the Primary and Junior Division Assessments

Reading: Open Response
Writing: Use of Conventions
Writing: Topic Development
Mathematics: Open Response (Grades 3, 6 and 9 assessments)

Posted 05.10.08

Generic Rubrics for the Writing Tasks Prior to 2008

Writing: Conventions
Writing: Content

Posted 03.03.08

Frameworks December 2007 Edition

The Frameworks provide a detailed description of the EQAO Assessments of Reading, Writing and Mathematics, Primary Division (Grades 1–3) and Junior Division (Grades 4–6), which are conducted each year in Ontario. They also describe how the primary and junior division assessments align with the expectations in The Ontario Curriculum.

Primary Division [PDF] | Posted 01.28.08
Junior Division [PDF] | Posted 01.28.08

EQAO Questionnaire Data
Using Contextual Data to Inform Improvement Planning

The purpose of this document is to ensure that educators (teachers and school and board administrators) are aware of the contextual data EQAO collects and to provide some ideas on how they might use the data.

EQAO Questionnaire Data [PDF] | Posted 09.25.07

Classroom Tips

Classroom Tips provide pointers for answering open-response and multiple-choice questions. Also provided are a problem-solving model and problem-solving strategies.

Classroom Tips [PDF] | Posted 02.08.07

Ideas for Split-Grade Classrooms

Ideas for Split-Grade Classrooms [PDF] | Posted 02.08.07

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