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Due to widespread technical difficulties, EQAO was unable to proceed with the online trial assessment of the grade ten secondary school literacy test today. As a result, all eligible students were unable to access and complete the online testing. As we receive more information from EQAO, we will provide updates to our school communities.
Please note: All eligible students will have the opportunity to complete the regularly scheduled OSSLT Assessment on March 30, 2017.
On October 20, 2016 all Grade 10 and other eligible students in the Durham Catholic District School Board will be given the opportunity to participate in writing a special online trial of The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). For the first time, the Education Quality Assessment Office (EQAO) is offering this assessment in an online format in advance of the traditional assessment date in March 2017. Providing students with the opportunity to write this online trial will not only benefit them in terms of practice and preparation, but this will also provide both EQAO and the Board an opportunity to test the online environment.
Students who are successful during the trial will not have to write the test again in March 2017. Students who are unsuccessful on the trial assessment will not be penalized and will still be able to write in March 2017 as first time eligible students. We see this as a great opportunity for our students.
Due to the technology requirements of this broad-scale assessment, only students who are writing the OSSLT assessment will be required to attend their secondary school on October 20, 2016. There will be no regularly scheduled classes in our secondary schools on that day.
Should you have any questions about the online trial of OSSLT, please contact your secondary school office.
The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) is an independent provincial agency which conducts tests at key points in every student's primary, junior and secondary education, and reports the results to educators, parents and the public.
EQAO assessments measures student achievement in reading, writing and mathematics against Ontario Curriculum expectations. The assessments produce individual student, school, board and provincial results.
EQAO conducts four province-wide assessments for both English and French-speaking students.
Ontario children in Grades 3 and 6 are tested on their reading, writing and mathematics skills to see if they are meeting the standards of The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1-8.
Every student who writes the test gets an Individual Student Report (ISR). The ISR is not part of your child's report card, but can help you know if your child needs extra help.
The Education Quality and Assessment Office (EQAO) hires teachers to write the test questions and grade the test results.
The EQAO is an agency funded by the Ontario government. It is responsible for designing and implementing tests for elementary and secondary schools.
Students need to show what they know and what they can do. They must apply their knowledge and skills. For example, students may have to argue in favour of an idea, identify the main ideas in a reading passage or calculate the time it takes to complete a trip.
The assessments involve real-world problems/tasks and measure a student's ability against the expectations in the provincial curriculum. The assessment activities are similar to what students do in class every day. Remember - No single test can tell all there is to know about your child.
The EQAO test takes 11 days of school time. This year the Grade 3 and 6 classes will write the test on May 25 to June 8. The school will provide more information closer to the testing dates.
While all children are required by law to write the tests, children with an Individual Education Plan (IEP) can get an accommodation.
This means your child may receive extra time or some kind of special help during the tests. Your child's teacher will decide if your child needs an accommodation.
Talk to your child's Program Support teacher to discuss accommodations for writing the test.
Yes. Grade 3 children have supports and Grade 6 students write the test in English.
You can help your child prepare for the EQAO test by:
Parents or guardians will receive a copy of their child's EQAO results from their local school. Our Board's 2014-2015 EQAO results are available below.