This guide provides direction and information to principals and teachers administering the Grade 10 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test. Information about accommodations for students with special education needs and special provisions for English language learners are included. Administering the assessment according to the guidelines in this document will ensure province-wide consistency before, during and after the administration.
This document also describes in full the professional responsibilities of all those involved at any stage before, during or after the administration of the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test in schools.
The following resource and examples are meant to clarify which items can be displayed, and which ones must be removed or covered during the OSSLT.
This document outlines EQAO’s policies and procedures related to the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT).
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This guide describes the two EQAO tests Ontario students write in secondary school (available for download in 21 languages).
Did you know that the creation and administration of an assessment involves a three-year process from start to finish? This video explains the key steps that EQAO takes to ensure that its tests are of such high quality.
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.
The OSSLT assesses whether students have acquired the literacy (reading and writing) skills expected by The Ontario Curriculum across all subjects up to the end of Grade 9. This document demonstrates the cross-curricular nature of the OSSLT by linking the literacy skills tested by the OSSLT to samples of overall and specific expectations in the Grades 7, 8 and 9 Ontario Curriculum policy documents.
This guide describes the reading and writing skills assessed and the kinds of questions asked. It also provides sample test materials and tips for preparing students prior to the test.
This framework provides a detailed description of the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT), which is conducted each year in Ontario. It also describes how the OSSLT aligns with the expectations in
The Ontario Curriculum.
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The document is designed to clarify the distinction between successful and unsuccessful performance on the OSSLT. This information will assist educators to help unsuccessful students understand what "getting better" at literacy looks like, to identify evidence that will help a student move from one category to another and to discuss areas for student improvement with parents.
This sample Individual Student Report shows how results for the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test are communicated to students.
These reports outline the technical features and professional expertise that were used to ensure the accuracy, validity and psychometric integrity of the EQAO assessments.
The Standard-Setting Process is a historical document outlining the process used to define the standards for the OSSLT.
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