The Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics assesses the knowledge and skills defined in the Grade 9 mathematics curriculum that students are expected to have learned by the end of their Grade 9 mathematics course. Different versions of the assessment are administered in the academic and the applied math courses.
The first administration period for the online Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics field test for students completing in-person Grade 9 academic and applied courses took place in November 2020. Grade 9 math assessment field-test administrations for students completing in-person courses will take place thereafter until the end of June 2021.
Administering the Assessment
Log In to the Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics
Students, teachers and school administrators can log in to the e-assessment system by clicking the Log In button in the top-right corner of the screen. By logging in,
- students will have access to resources. Tests and assessments are not available through this login, except for students using alternative access for specific accessibility software as part of an accommodation.
- teachers will have access to their accounts to manage their students’ participation in the sample test and to administer the assessment.
- school administrators will have access to their accounts to manage teacher accounts, student lists and the scheduling of assessments.
These online user guides provide direction and information to school administrators, teachers and IT professionals at schools and boards who are involved in the administration of the Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics. The user guides provide guidelines and answers to frequently asked questions regarding the role of teachers, administrators and IT professionals in the administration of the Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics.
The user guides will help guide
- teachers through key aspects, including accessing their accounts, managing their classrooms, preparing their students for assessment sessions, and administering the official assessment sessions.
- school administrators through key aspects, including accessing and navigating their accounts; managing student lists at their school as well as upcoming assessment sessions and teacher accounts; and being a primary point of contact for teachers.
- school boards’ IT team and representatives through key aspects, including navigating the general technical readiness process and preparing for the accessibility and accommodations options, bandwidth and connectivity requirements, security and domain allowed-list protocols as well as the configuration of devices.
The Framework provides a detailed description of EQAO’s Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics, including how the assessment is mapped to the Ontario mathematics curriculum as well as a sample student report. For the 2020–2021 school year, EQAO will be field testing a multi-stage adaptive online assessment comprising two sessions (Session A and Session B) with a total of 50 multiple-choice questions.
Computer Adaptive Testing DesignIn 2020, EQAO introduced a multi-stage adaptive online version of the Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics. Its accompanying technical summary provides information in response to the following questions:
- What is the new design for the assessment?
- How will this new assessment design be delivered?
- What results will students taking this new assessment receive?
- How has EQAO validated the new assessment design?
In 2020–2021, EQAO will be field testing a multi-stage adaptive online Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics. Students will have the opportunity to become familiar with the digital assessment and its platform through EQAO’s online sample test. The online sample test comprises two stages, which include a total of 25 multiple-choice questions from previous assessments. The sample test is equivalent to one of the two sessions students will be completing during the assessment (the actual assessment contains two sessions, with a total of four stages and 50 multiple-choice questions)
Students with a visual impairment may require full audio descriptions of all graphics included on the EQAO Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics. In 2020–2021, EQAO will be field testing an online non-adaptive version of the assessment for these students. This version of the sample test is intended to provide an opportunity for these students to become familiar with the online assessment and its platform. The sample test is comprised of 25 multiple-choice questions from previous assessments and is equivalent to one of the two sessions that students will complete during the actual assessment. (The full assessment contains two sessions, with a total of 50 multiple-choice questions.)
Live Webcast Series
EQAO’s Online Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics— Teacher/Principal Session
EQAO staff will provide details and guidance related to navigating the new online assessment system and administering the Grade 9 field test. The session will include information about how to understand the assessment results that will be available to educators and students.
EQAO’s Online Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics— Board IT Staff
EQAO staff will provide details related to technical readiness and navigation of the online assessment system for the Grade 9 field test.
Mathematical formulas are provided on the Formula Sheets for student reference during the assessment. Formulas are given for perimeter, area and volume for various geometric figures; the academic formula sheet also includes surface area.
The French Immersion Glossary lists terms to assist French Immersion students writing the mathematics components of the assessments.