The Grade 6 assessment evaluates the reading, writing and math skills that students are expected to have learned by the end of the junior division, according to
The Ontario Curriculum.
The provincial tests are part of Ontario’s public education program. All Grade 6 students who attend publicly funded schools and who follow The Ontario Curriculum are required by
The Education Quality and Accountability Office Act to write the Grade 6 assessment.
Students with special education needs who are on an Individual Education Plan (IEP) are permitted accommodations on the Grade 6 assessment that are allowed by EQAO and that are consistent with their regular practice for classroom assessments. You can refer to EQAO's Administration and Accommodation Guide for more information.
English language learners are permitted special provisions on the Grade 6 assessment that are allowed by EQAO and that are consistent with their regular practice for classroom assessments. You can refer to EQAO’s
Administration and Accommodation Guide for more information.
Decisions about a student’s participation in the provincial tests and about accommodations and special provisions are made at the school level by the principal and school team in conversation with the parents or guardians. You can refer to EQAO’s
Administration and Accommodation Guide for more information.
The Grade 6 assessment is written during a two-week period, typically in late May and early June. Each school determines its own testing dates and times during the designated
The Grade 6 assessment is administered consistently across the province by Ontario educators, typically including students’ classroom teachers. Students are given approximately one hour to complete each of the six sections of the assessment.
Examples of the assessment booklets. are available on our Web site.
EQAO is in the midst of a multi-year project to
move the provincial assessment program online.
If your child is absent on the days the Grade 6 assessment is administered, the school can make arrangements to have your child write the assessment when he or she returns, but only within the designated two-week assessment period. If your child does not return to school within that period, he or she will not be able to participate in the assessment.
Students who are expected to participate in the assessment but do not do so are still included in the public reporting of results. Since the publicly funded education system is accountable for every student, EQAO reports on every student. If a student is not exempted under EQAO’s guidelines and does not write the assessment, he or she is counted as absent, and therefore as having no data, in EQAO’s reporting.
Since the Grade 6 assessment is 100% based on The Ontario Curriculum, no special preparation is required. To become familiar with the format of the assessment and the types of questions that will be asked, you can
view examples of the assessment booklets.
On all EQAO assessments, multiple-choice responses are machine-scored. Responses to open-response questions on the Grade 6 assessment are scored by Ontario educators who have gone through specialized training and passed a qualification test. This video explains more about
How EQAO Tests Are Created, Administered and Scored.
Each student who writes the assessment will receive an Individual Student Report (ISR) outlining his or her results in the fall of the next school year. See this
sample ISR for more information.
Provincial results for all EQAO assessments are also reported in the fall following the assessment.
School and school board results are published on EQAO’s Web site.
Results from the junior-division assessment are reported according to the province’s four achievement levels. These are the same achievement levels that teachers use in the classroom and on report cards to report student achievement. The provincial standard is Level 3, which corresponds to achievement in the B– to B+ range. Students meeting or exceeding the standard (i.e., achieving Level 3 or 4) on the assessment have demonstrated most or all of the knowledge and skills expected at their current stage of education. For more detail, please read
A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Your Child’s Results.
Results on the provincial assessments in elementary school do not count toward students’ grades. They provide additional information to consider alongside report card grades to help evaluate student learning and determine what additional support may be needed.
Yes. EQAO’s test development, monitoring and quality assurance processes are among the best in the world, and they ensure the validity and reliability of the agency’s data. EQAO has reliability checks in place at every stage of the assessment cycle—from the development of the tests to scoring by teachers to the reporting of results. EQAO places the highest importance on the integrity of its data.
When it comes to evaluating student learning, it is important to consider a wide range of information. EQAO results should be reviewed alongside your child’s daily classroom work and other assessment and contextual information in order to gauge his or her learning and to determine where more support may be needed.
For students who do not meet the provincial standard in Grade 6, it is particularly important for teachers and parents to discuss how to work together to close learning gaps. EQAO’s tracking of student cohorts clearly shows that students who do not meet the provincial standard in the early grades are much more likely to continue to struggle in later grades.
School results show you how students in your school are doing in relation to those in your school board and across the province. They can help you understand your child’s achievement in relation to that of other students and prepare you to take part in conversations about supporting student achievement. Here are
Six Questions to Ask When Looking at Your School’s Results.
You can talk to your child’s teacher or principal about the importance of EQAO results for strengthening the learning programs in your child’s school. Schools across Ontario use EQAO data, alongside other classroom data, such as report card grades, attendance rates and contextual information, to develop their improvement plans.
It is important for teachers and parents to discuss the results of students who do not meet the provincial standard in reading, writing or math and work together to close any learning gaps. Results on the junior-division assessment do not count toward students’ grades.
EQAO results are a key measure of accountability in Ontario’s education system and an important tool for improvement planning at the student, school, school board and provincial levels. A school system that’s serious about continuous improvement must have system-wide evidence of student achievement that is objective and reliable. The assessment results highlight areas where students may need additional support. Educators, schools, boards and the province use these data to target teaching and learning initiatives.