Grade 3, Primary Division

The Assessment of Reading, Writing and Mathematics, Primary Division, assesses the reading, writing and mathematics skills students are expected to have learned by the end of Grade 3.

The administration window for the assessment is Wednesday, May 4, 2022, to Friday, June 24, 2022.

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    Learn What's New This Year

    This year students will complete the assessment using the e-assessment system. EQAO has designed the system to make EQAO assessments more flexible for schools, and to improve the experience for students. Schools can schedule the assessment sessions at any time within the assessment window. Only students attending in person will participate in the assessments. EQAO will only report outcomes on students who participate in the assessments.

    For schools:

    • Flexibility in administration: EQAO’s new online assessments offer longer administration windows and more flexibility to schedule sessions.
    • A shorter assessment:
      • The language component is divided into four sessions requiring a total of approximately two hours. Each session is designed to be completed in 15 to 35 minutes.
      • The mathematics component contains four stages requiring a total of approximately two hours. Each stage is designed to be completed in approximately 30 minutes.

    For students:
    A sample test where they can familiarize themselves with the platform, including the various types of questions and the new features (e.g., rough notes, calculator)

    • An introductory session that will help familiarize them with the new online assessments
    • Breathing exercises to help them remain calm and focused
    • Built-in accessibility tools such as zoom-in and zoom-out, a text-to-speech reader and a high-contrast view, which are available for all students to use during the assessment
    • Engaging and interactive content such as a variety of types of questions (e.g., multiple-selection, drag and drop, drop-down menu), along with single-selection and open-response questions in the language component only. Open-response questions can be completed digitally or on paper.

    Administration User Guides, 2021–2022

    User Guides for the Administration of the Assessment of Reading, Writing and Mathematics, Primary and Junior Divisions, 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 Assessment of Reading, Writing and Mathematics, Primary and Junior Divisions. The user guides provide guidelines and answers to frequently asked questions regarding the role of teachers, school administrators and IT professionals in the administration of these assessments. The user guides will help provide information to

    • teachers about assessment guidelines, professional responsibilities and other key aspects, including accessing their accounts, managing their classrooms, preparing their students for assessment sessions, and administering sessions and stages.
    •  school administrators about assessment guidelines, professional responsibilities and other key aspects, including accessing and navigating their accounts; managing student lists at their school, upcoming assessment sessions and stages and teacher accounts; and being a primary point of contact for teachers.
    • school boards’ IT team and representatives about key technical 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 [email protected] or call 1-888-444-4017.

    Sample Test

    Sample Test

    This online sample Test gives students the opportunity to become familiar with the digital assessment and its platform. The sample test consists of two sessions for the language component (which together contain a total of 10 or 11 questions) and two stages for the mathematics component (which together contain a total of 22 questions). At the end of each session or stage, students will be provided with a results page where they can view each question and see their answer and the correct response. This results page is not provided during the assessment.

    Sample Test (With Full Audio Descriptions)

    This alternative version of the online sample test is designed for students with a visual impairment who require full audio descriptions of all mathematics graphics. It provides these students with the opportunity to become familiar with the digital assessment and its platform, and with the types of audio descriptions provided. The audio for the language component matches the audio in the other sample test.

    This sample test consists of two sessions for the language component (which together contain a total of 10 or 11 questions) and two stages for the mathematics component (which together contain a total of 22 questions). At the end of each session or stage, students will be provided with a results page where they can view each question and see their answer and the correct response. This results page is not provided during the assessment.

    If a student requires a format, including Braille (electronic or hardcopy), of the alternative version of the sample test, please contact EQAO at [email protected].

    French–English and English–French Glossaries

    The glossaries are intended for French Immersion students to use during the mathematics component of the assessment. However, the glossaries are also available for all students in the e-assessment platform. Students can also have access to a hard copy of the glossaries during the completion of the mathematics stages. Both FrenchEnglish and EnglishFrench glossaries contain many common terms used in French and English in Grade 3 according to the mathematics curriculum.

    Framework

    Assessment of Reading, Writing and Mathematics, Primary Division, Framework, 2022 [PDF]

    EQAO’s primary-division assessment assesses student learning of the knowledge and skills that are defined in the expectations in The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1–8: Language (2006) and The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1–8: Mathematics (2020) up to the end of Grade 3. The Framework provides a detailed description of the assessment, including how the assessment is mapped to the Ontario language and mathematics curricula, the assessment process and design, and how the assessment is scored.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Here are some frequently asked questions about the Assessments of Reading, Writing and Mathematics, Primary and Junior Divisions

    Informational Videos

    Information for Parents and Guardians About the EQAO Primary- and Junior-Division Assessments

    EQAO has created a short video for parents and guardians of primary- and junior-division students participating in the assessments.

    Live Webinars

    Q&A for Principals: EQAO Primary and Junior Assessments

    Register for this live webinar

    A 30-minute Q&A session to support administrators and board contacts as they prepare for the primary and junior assessments.

    Webinar for Principals: EQAO Primary and Junior Assessments

    Register for this live webinar and learn the details of administering the digitalized Primary and Junior Assessments of Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. The sessions are approximately 45 minutes, followed by a live Q&A with EQAO staff.

    Webinar for Teachers: EQAO Primary and Junior Assessments 

    Register for this live webinar and learn the details of administering the digitalized Primary and Junior Assessments of Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. The sessions are approximately 45 minutes, followed by a live Q&A with EQAO staff.

    Online Professional Learning Modules

    Learning Module, Principals and Teachers: Primary and Junior Assessments

    Register for this self-paced learning module and learn the details of administering the digitalized Primary and Junior Assessments of Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. This module takes approximately 45 minutes. Following your registration you will receive an invitation email to EQAO’s Virtual Learning Environment.

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