INDEX NO.: 205-005
TITLE: 2017 OSSLT Appeal
REVISION NUMBER: 2003-14POSTED/PUBLISHED: May 29, 2017
EFFECTIVE DATE: October 27, 2003
A student is eligible for an appeal when he or she claims to have written responses that are not reflected on the Individual Student Report or Item Information Report: Student Roster. As per the memos forwarded to schools and boards on January 17, 2017, there is no process to appeal results for the October 2016 OSSLT. The appeals eligibility refers to the OSSLT administered on March 30, 2017.
The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) provides information regarding students’ achievement against the provincial standard for literacy (reading and writing). The standard was established by French- and English-language panels of educators, assessment experts and members of the public at the OSSLT’s inception in 2002 and has remained the same since. The scoring process includes scorer training, double-scoring of each student’s paper and monitoring for validity and reliability.
EQAO uses rigorous scoring procedures to ensure the reliability of test results. Scorers are trained to score tests in a consistent manner using rubrics, samples of students’ work (anchors) and practice or training papers. Each year, all scorers and scoring leaders must pass a qualifying test in order to score for EQAO.
To ensure accurate and fair results, all student papers go through “blind scoring.” They are identified only by barcodes, with no information that might identify a student, a school or a school board.
Before the literacy test is scored, all student papers are scrambled so that they can be distributed randomly to scorers. Multiple-choice sections are machine scored. Approximately 16 different scorers score the eight open-response items for each student. In cases where two scores for a given item differ by more than one score point, the item is scored again by an expert scorer to confirm the final score.
These rigorous scoring procedures ensure that the results for the OSSLT are derived using the same standard and in a consistent manner for all students in the province. The only basis for an appeal arises when student work has not received a score, because it was reported blank or missing.
A student is eligible for an appeal when he or she claims to have written responses, yet
Only the principal of the school where the student registered for the test may submit an appeal on behalf of the student. The appeal application must be completed online and include the following information:
The principal is also required to verify his or her e-mail address in order to receive correspondence from EQAO.
The following documents will be available to principals on the secure section of the EQAO Web site:
EQAO will review an appeal to ensure it meets the requirements of this protocol. The Chief Assessment Officer will determine whether there are additional student materials that necessitate reconsideration of the student’s result.
May 30, 2017,, the application to submit an appeal will be available for principals on the
secure section of the EQAO Web site,
The deadline to submit an appeal is
September 8, 2017. EQAO will notify the principal of results by
September 22, 2017.
For students who require a decision earlier must submit the appeal must be submitted by
June 14, 2017. EQAO will accommodate these students by notifying the principal of their results by
June 23, 2017.
If a review leads to a change in a student’s results, EQAO will reissue the Individual Student Report.