Digitalization and Modernization
EQAO recognizes that digitalizing its assessment program has many benefits for students, parents and guardians, educators and the broader community. Digitalized assessments can be adaptive and allow for a more student-focused experience, helping to reduce test anxiety and giving students opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in different ways. Digitalized assessments also provide schools with more flexibility for the scheduling and administration of the assessments, and they deliver faster and more precise results to educators, students, and parents and guardians. Additionally, digitalized assessments ensure that Ontarians continue to receive reliable information about the quality of the province’s publicly funded education system.
EQAO seeks to continue to collaborate with Ontarians, students, parents and guardians and educators to modernize its assessments to
- reflect today’s classrooms more closely,
- measure skills in addition to those that the agency currently measures,
- facilitate the customization of the online assessments to accommodate students’ unique learning needs, and
- provide actionable reports in a timely manner for stakeholders to use.
On June 23, 2020, the Minister of Education announced that there would be no Grades 3 or 6 EQAO assessments for the 2020–2021 school year, and that the Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics and the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) would be delivered online.
Modernization in Measurement Advisory Panel
As EQAO works toward the modernization of its large-scale assessments, it recognizes the need for thinking that engages expertise both internal and external to the agency. For this reason, EQAO has initiated the Modernization in Measurement Advisory Panel (MMAP).
EQAO’s Submission to the Public Consultation on Education
In August 2018, the Government of Ontario announced a province-wide consultation on education. As part of its consultation, the government asked, “What measures can be taken to improve provincial standardized testing?” EQAO’s submission aims to support the government’s consultation by outlining a proposal for what modernized large-scale assessments could look like—and how they could better support students, parents, guardians, educators and the rest of Ontario.
EQAO Welcomes Feedback
The agency recognizes the importance of student, parent and educator input, and remains committed to promoting an effective dialogue with Ontarians.
If you wish to share feedback, or if you have any questions, please contact us.