During the 2020–2021 school year, EQAO administered its new online large-scale assessments in the form of field tests to allow students and educators to become familiar with the new testing model, and to support the validation and continued development of the digital platform. The field-test reports consist of feedback from education stakeholders, and a description of the steps taken by the agency to ensure technical readiness and stakeholder awareness of EQAO’s new online model.
Field testing EQAO’s online assessments allowed students and educators to become familiar with the new testing model. It also supported the validation and continued development of the new online assessment and the digital platform.
Stakeholder Engagement [PDF]
Stakeholder perspectives are important to EQAO and helped inform the agency’s digitalization journey. The feedback from educators and school-board information technology (IT) staff who attended EQAO’s information webinar sessions on the agency’s e-assessments and their administration provided crucial insights on the online model.
Technical Readiness [PDF]
The agency adopted a two-part approach to ensure technical readiness before launching its digital assessment model. EQAO worked closely with school-board IT teams along with government and IT security partners to establish assurances aimed at providing a successful and secure assessment experience. The agency also made sure it aligned with the Ontario government’s IT standards to ensure the privacy and security of all student data.