Students will write the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) online on October 20, 2016
All Grade 10 students across the province will have the opportunity to take the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test ( OSSLT) online on Oct. 20, 2016. This opportunity is also available to students who did not pass the test on previous attempts or who were deferred. Port Credit Secondary School will take full advantage of this opportunity by having all Grade 10s and those previously eligible write the test that day.
The OSSLT measures whether or not 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 (OSSD).
Please note that the October test will be a trial of the online testing system and will be a test of EQAO's technical readiness to support online assessment. This is the first time they will administer the test on a mass scale. There are 900 secondary schools participating with over 100,000 students potentially writing the test.
There is no disadvantage to taking the test early and this is a relatively risk free environment. Should there be any technical difficulties or should students for any other reason not pass the test, there will be a regularly scheduled opportunity to write in March 2017 and these students will have first time eligible status at that time.
Please note that this is an online test only. There will be no paper test administered for this sitting.
This will be a full day event with two cohorts of mainstream students writing: one in the morning and one in the afternoon and students with IEPs and our ESL/ELL students will be given extra time.
All other students will be excused from attending school that day and they will be given work to complete at home.
We will provide online training and literacy skills training for all students writing.
Please see the EQAO website for important parent and student information. All students can also practice for the literacy test online at www.eqao.com.
We will provide both online training and literacy skills training for all students writing the test. Students writing the OSSLT will have in-class training sessions in both the use of the online module and to reinforce literacy skills to be tested. Students wishing to ask any further questions or who wish additional training are invited to attend training sessions
· at lunchtime in Room 103 on Wednesday October 12, Thursday October 13 and Friday October 14 and/or
· in Catch Up Club which runs from 2:45 – 4:15pm every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between now and the test date of October 20, 2016.
As well, parents and students are encouraged to look at the EQAO website for important parent and student information and to access practice for the literacy test online at www.eqao.com.