Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT)

The 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.

As the literacy graduation requirement for all students graduating during the 2021–2022 school year has been waived, graduating students do not need to take the OSSLT.

The administration of the OSSLT will take place from

  • Wednesday, October 13, to Friday, December 3, 2021, with individual student results reported by the end of January 2022.
  • Wednesday, March 23, to Wednesday, May 18, 2022, with individual student results reported by the end of June 2022.

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    Administering the Assessment

    User Guides for the Administration of the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test, 2021–2022

    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 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test. 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 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test.

    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.

    For technical questions, please e-mail our Technical Support Team at eqao-support@vretta.com or call 1-888-444-4017.

    Questions and Answers Regarding the Online OSSLT

    Here are some frequently asked questions about the functions, format and administration of the online OSSLT.

    Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) Framework [PDF]

    The Framework provides a detailed description of EQAO’s OSSLT (including how the test is grounded in the Ontario Curriculum’s expectations for literacy skills for all subjects up to the end of Grade 9) as well as a sample student report.

    The OSSLT is a computer-based assessment that comprises two sessions (Session A and Session B) containing a total of 33 questions: 31 multiple-select questions (e.g., multiple-choice, drag and drop, drop-down menu, checklist, text selection) and two constructed open-response questions. The OSSLT uses a testlet-based linear on-the-fly (tLOFT) design. In this method, test forms are generated in real time through the selection of pre-constructed and pre-equated groups of questions and, where applicable, the associated reading selections. Each group generated under this model is mapped to a blueprint specifying criteria for the questions to be selected.

    Practice Test

    Practice Test

    Students have the opportunity to become familiar with the online test and its platform through EQAO’s online practice test. The online practice test comprises two sessions, which include content from previous tests. The practice test is equivalent to the two sessions students will be completing during the live test. In addition, the practice test includes an introductory session that allows students to become familiar with the new online platform’s tools and functions

    Live Webinars

    Webinar for Principals and Consultants: Digitalized OSSLT

    Register for these live webinars and learn the details of administering the digitalized Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). The sessions are approximately 45 minutes, followed by a live Q&A with EQAO staff.

    Webinar for Private School Principals: Digitalized OSSLT

    Register for these live webinars and learn the details of administering the digitalized Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). The sessions are approximately 45 minutes, followed by a live Q&A with EQAO staff.

    Online Professional Learning Modules

    Learning Module for Principals and Teachers: Digitalized OSSLT
    Register for this self-paced learning module and learn the details of administering the digitalized OSSLT. This module takes approximately 45 minutes. Following your registration you will receive an invitation email to EQAO’s Virtual Learning Environment.

    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 in helping unsuccessful students understand what “getting better” at literacy looks like, identifying evidence that will help a student move from one category to another, and discussing 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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