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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 2015. Administering the assessments according to the guidelines in this document will ensure province-wide consistency before, during and after the administration.
Administration Guide, Spring 2015 [PDF] | Posted 03.02.15
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 2015 [PDF] | Posted 03.02.15
The French Immersion Glossary lists terms to assist French Immersion students writing the mathematics components of the assessments.
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 .
The layout of student assessment booklets for 2015 has changed. Students will now record all of their responses—both multiple-choice and open-response—in an Answer Booklet. This change is necessary to support online scoring, which will start for all assessments in 2015 as part of the “EQAO Online” project to move the provincial assessment program online.
Examples of the new assessment booklet layout for 2014–2015 are available below.
Click the links below to access student assessment booklets containing actual questions from the assessments, and scoring guides containing examples of student answers taken from past years’ assessments including alternative formats.2014–2015 (Example of New Layout) | 2013–2014 | 2012–2013 | 2011–2012 | 2010–2011 | 2009–2010
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 12.02.14
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
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
This guide describes the two EQAO tests Ontario students write in elementary school (available for download in 21 languages).
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.
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
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
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).
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
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
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)
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
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.
Running time: 00:04:47 | Posted 03.22.11
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
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.
Running time: 00:04:57 | Posted 09.15.10
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.
Running time: 00:03:10 | Posted 09.15.10
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.View Reports
EQAO Connects is a Web magazine that has been created specifically for Ontario educators and is published three times a year!
With EQAO Connects,
EQAO Connects is also a great opportunity to connect with other educators across the province!
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.
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
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 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 [PDF] | Posted 02.08.07