To: Principals—Elementary and Secondary Schools
Cc: Board Liaisons—Elementary and Secondary Schools
From: Steven Reid, Chief Assessment Officer
Date: November 16, 2018
On September 12, 2018, EQAO issued a memorandum entitled “Request for Feedback: Proposed Updates to EQAO Accommodation and Assessment Policies,” which outlined draft changes to key assessment administration guidelines. We thank all those who took the time to share their perspectives, including EQAO committees. We have revised the policies based on the feedback.
This memorandum confirms the changes to EQAO accommodation and assessment policies in 2018–2019.
EQAO remains committed to modernizing its assessment programs in the short and long term. This includes updating accommodation policies and administration practices to support students and educators further. We also remain committed to keeping the student at the center of our modernization efforts, ensuring that future changes are grounded in the principles of equity and inclusion, address educators’ recommendations and maintain the stability required for year-to-year comparisons of EQAO data. The following foundational principle will continue to guide the modernization of our assessment programs: EQAO assessment conditions should be as close as possible to the regular assessment environment that students experience throughout the year.
For the 2018–2019 school year, EQAO is implementing the following changes to better align with regular assessment environments.
Classroom materials that do not provide explicit instruction of knowledge and skills required for reading, writing or mathematics can be displayed.
Classroom materials that provide explicit instruction of knowledge and skills required for reading, writing or mathematics (e.g., materials that define, explain or provide examples that help a student answer a reading, writing or mathematics question) must be removed from view or covered.
We appreciate your continued dedication to the students of this province and look forward to our continued partnership supporting public education.