Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test

The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) measures whether students are meeting the minimum standard for literacy across all subjects up to the end of Grade 9. Successful completion of the literacy test is one of the requirements to earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma. All students across the province write this test on the same date, usually in late March each year.

EQAO plans to administer the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) online in spring 2021. 

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    Understanding the Results

    Characteristics of Successful and Not Yet Successful Student Performance on the OSSLT

    The document is designed to clarify the distinction between successful and unsuccessful performance on the OSSLT. This information will assist educators to help unsuccessful students understand what “getting better” at literacy looks like, to identify evidence that will help a student move from one category to another and to discuss areas for student improvement with parents.

    Standard-Setting Process

    The Standard-Setting Process is a historical document outlining the process used to define the standards for the OSSLT.

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