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.
EQAO will be field testing the online OSSLT field test from March 2021 until June 2021. The field test is being made available to students who are learning in-person and working toward their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). This will allow the opportunity for students in Grades 10 and 11, and non-graduating Grade 12 students, to attempt the test and, if successful, have it counted on their transcript. Should a student who is learning remotely wish to participate in the field test, the board may plan for the student to participate in person. Schools should focus on ensuring that cohorts are maintained and that all necessary public health directives and school-board health and safety measures continue to be implemented.
As the literacy graduation requirement for all students graduating during the 2020–2021 school year has been waived, graduating students do not need to take the field test.
Administering the Assessment
- 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.
Here are some frequently asked questions about the functions, format and administration of the online OSSLT field test.
Live Webcast Series
EQAO’s Online OSSLT – for Teachers, Administrators and Literacy Leads
EQAO staff will provide details and guidance related to navigating the new online assessment platform and administering the OSSLT.
EQAO’s Online OSSLT – Board IT Staff
EQAO staff will provide details related to technical readiness and navigation of the online assessment platform for the 2020-2021 OSSLT field test.
Understanding the Results
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.