August 23, 2017
The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) has published provincial-level results for the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT), written by Grade 10 students during the 2016–2017 school year.
For the second year in a row, 81% of first-time eligible Grade 10 students who wrote the OSSLT were successful. Over the past five years, the overall success rate on the OSSLT has remained high and relatively unchanged, ranging between 81% and 83%.
Forty-four percent of participating first-time eligible students enrolled in the applied course were successful on the test, marking a seven-percentage-point decrease over a five-year period. Meanwhile, 92% of first-time eligible students enrolled in the academic course were successful.
In October 2016, the online trial of the OSSLT was disrupted by a cyberattack. While some students were able to complete the test online, most took the assessment again during the regularly scheduled OSSLT administration in March 2017, using pencil and paper. EQAO implemented a number of quality-assurance measures to ensure that the cyberattack did not affect its ability to provide reliable data or the integrity of this year’s OSSLT results.
"The numbers are here and they reflect a relative consistency in the large percentage of students meeting the provincial literacy standard in Grade 10. This is good news overall for Ontario’s publicly funded education system, but we must keep looking for ways to support students who are not yet meeting curriculum standards"
—Dave Cooke, Chair, EQAO
"The results of this year’s OSSLT are positive overall, and they speak to the high level of teaching and learning occurring in Ontario’s classrooms. The continued decline in achievement among students in the applied course shows the need for further reflection and action.”"
—Norah Marsh, Chief Executive Officer, EQAO