The EQAO directly collects personal information from students, parents and educators in a variety of ways, including large-scale assessments and questionnaires. EQAO also indirectly obtains information about individual students from schools, school boards and the Ministry of Education. EQAO collects this information to support its mandate to enhance the quality and accountability of the education system by:
EQAO collects information under the authority of the
EQAO Act, clause 4(1)(b) and subsection 9(6), and the
Education Act, section 266.3. This collection complies with the
Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. EQAO takes all necessary precautions to safeguard personal information. For public reporting of student achievement results, EQAO uses depersonalized and aggregated information. EQAO does not release information to the public about test results if the number of students involved is so small that the individual might be identifiable, even though individual results don’t include student names. EQAO uses depersonalized student responses as examples for the scoring of assessments and for public resources and reports. Inquiries regarding the collection of personal information or how information is being used or disclosed should be directed to the Director of Corporate and Public Affairs, EQAO, 2 Carlton Street, Suite 1200, Toronto, ON M5B 2M9 1-888-327-7377.