August 26, 2015
Results from the 2015 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT), written by Grade 10 students in April, are in.
82% of students who wrote the test for the first time this year were successful. This means that the vast majority of Grade 10 students are able to demonstrate the minimum literacy skills required.
Most students who were not successful on the test in Grade 10 also had not met the provincial reading and writing standards when they were in Grade 6.
While the percentage of students meeting the reading standard in Grade 6 has been steadily increasing for many years, new strategies are needed to support those who do not meet the standard, so they can turn their literacy struggles around by Grade 10. Five years ago, 59% of students improved to be successful on the Grade 10 literacy test after having not met the reading standard in Grade 6. In 2015, that number has dropped to 48%.
"Assessing all of our students against provincial standards is what allows us to uncover important trends such as these and EQAO will continue investigating this decline. A school system that’s serious about continuous improvement must have system-wide evidence of student achievement that’s both objective and reliable."
Dave Cooke, Chair, EQAO Board of Directors
"We know that for many students who didn’t meet the provincial standard in elementary school, receiving the right attention and support has helped them overcome their early literacy struggles. This effort must continue if we are to ensure that all students have the basic literacy skills they need to participate fully in society."
Bruce Rodrigues, Chief Executive Officer, EQAO
OSSLT 2015—Highlights of the Provincial Results
EQAO’s Highlights of Provincial Results—OSSLT