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What is Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting?

The primary purpose of assessment and evaluation is to improve student learning. Information gathered through assessment helps teachers to determine students’ strengths and weaknesses in their achievement of the curriculum expectations in each subject/course in each grade. This information also serves to guide teachers in adapting curriculum and instructional approaches to students’ needs and in assessing

About EQAO

The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) ensures greater accountability and better quality in Ontario’s publicly funded school system. An arm’s-length agency of the provincial government, EQAO provides parents, teachers and the public with accurate and reliable information about student achievement. EQAO also makes recommendations for improvement that educators, parents, policy-makers and others in the education community can use to improve learning and teaching.

2017-2018 Results

For results specific to Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, visit www.eqao.com

Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT)

Upcoming Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test- April 10th, 2018

OSSLT results do not count toward students’ grades, but successful completion of the test is a requirement for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. There are supports for students who do not pass, including an opportunity to rewrite the test or to take the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course.

Who Writes the OSSLT?

On Tuesday, April 10th 2018, Grade 10 students across the province will write the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). The OSSLT will also be written by students who have not yet written the test or who were unsuccessful on their first attempt.

What is the format of the OSSLT?

The test consists of two booklets, each containing multiple-choice and written response questions. The test is given on one day in two 75-minute blocks. All of the questions are based directly on the expectations set out in The Ontario Curriculum, which is what teachers teach in the classroom every day.

What is New about OSSLT this year?

In order to reflect regular practice within classrooms, ALL students will have access to the following:

  • additional time – if your student needs more time to complete the booklet, it will be provided
  • individual or small group setting
  • preferential seating in an assessment room
  • prompts for students with severe attention problems who are at risk of being off task for significant periods of time

How can I help my student prepare for the OSSLT?

In addition to the preparation done in schools, there are valuable materials on the EQAO website to help students prepare to write the OSSLT:

Getting Ready Guide

Planning Preparation Guide




Updated on Wednesday, September 19, 2018.
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