The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test is administered to all students in the province in March of their Grade 10 school year. Successful completion of the test is a graduation requirement. The test is composed of reading selections with multiple-choice and open-response items, writing prompts with multiple choice writing items. The test is administered in one day in two 75-minute blocks. Accommodations can be provided to students with Individual Education Plans and special provisions are available to students new to English.
After a review of students’ work on the test, literacy experts from across the province identified characteristics of successful or unsuccessful students’ work. The characteristics were categorized into headings that defined what each characteristic meant in relation to the test.
The chart below outlines their conclusions.
This information may assist educators