Frequently Asked Questions: Mathematics Proficiency Test (MPT)

  1. Why is EQAO developing the Mathematics Proficiency Test (MPT)?
    EQAO is an arm’s-length agency of the Government of Ontario, and the agency’s mandate is determined by the government. The Government of Ontario has indicated that it is expanding EQAO’s mandate to include the development and marking of a math proficiency test for applicants to the Ontario College of Teachers. The EQAO mandate has also been expanded to include conducting research and collecting data to assess the ability and confidence of individuals writing the test.

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  1. Does EQAO have evidence that the MPT will strengthen student achievement in Ontario?
    Research indicates that content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge influence student outcomes.

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  1. Where can I find EQAO’s literature review on teacher candidate testing published in 2019?
    The Ministry of Education announced that applicants to the Ontario College of Teachers will be expected to complete a math proficiency test successfully and that EQAO will be responsible for creating the assessment. As an evidence-based agency, we look to research to guide our practice. The agency compiled a report outlining existing research and key takeaways from other jurisdictions to inform the development of a teacher certification math test in Ontario. EQAO’s Literature Review of the Empirical Evidence on the Connection Between Compulsory Teacher Competency Testing and Student Outcome is available electronically in English and in French upon request by contacting EQAO at 1- 888-327-7377 or info@eqao.com.

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  1. How long does EQAO generally take to develop a large-scale assessment?
    The time to create a large-scale assessment is dependent on many factors, including the purpose of the test and field-testing frequency. For its K–12 assessments, EQAO has a three-year process in place to develop its materials and vet them in accordance with large-scale assessment best practices. However, the MPT’s development requires a more agile design process, multiple test sessions within a year and an established approach to field testing. All MPT items will be machine-scored and will provide feedback on performance to the teacher applicants within 10 business days of completion of the test. Successful results will be shared with the Ontario College of Teachers.

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  1. How is EQAO moving forward with the development of this test? EQAO aims to develop a high-quality assessment that evaluates teacher applicants’ knowledge of key mathematical concepts and Ministry of Education pedagogical policy. To support all applicants, the MPT website is available in English and in French (www.mathproficiencytest.ca). The website contains information on the registration process, a blueprint, a practice test and other resources so that applicants can familiarize themselves with the MPT scope and content, as well as the testing interface.

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  1. How is EQAO ensuring that MPT development will follow the same rigorous high standards in technical quality as have been applied in the development of its other large-scale assessments?
    EQAO has collaborated with its key partners, and stakeholders such as the government, the Ontario College of Teachers and the faculties of education, to develop the MPT and finalize the MPT administration platform and test items. To ensure the high quality and reliability of the online test and to validate assessment items, EQAO conducted a field test from February 18 to March 7, 2020.

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