September 10, 2014
Ontario’s Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) is starting a multi-year project to move its provincial student assessments from paper-and-pencil to computer-based.
EQAO will start with just one assessment—the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) written by students in Grade 10.
The current 2014–2015 school year will be a year of consultation, research, analyses, field tests and trial runs. If all goes as planned, the first students to have an opportunity to write the OSSLT online will be those scheduled to write it in the 2015–2016 school year.
Having students write tests online is only one component of EQAO’s efforts to modernize the provincial assessment program. Other aspects include a more extensive use of technology for test creation and scoring.
"Like so many other areas in life, technology has opened up new opportunities for different, more sophisticated, more engaging student assessments. It’s important that we bring the provincial assessments in line with the digital world we live in and the digital classroom that is an increasing part of education."
— Bruce Rodrigues, Chief Executive Officer, EQAO
Guiding Principles for EQAO Online