EQAO/OSSLT Information

EQAO assesses how well Ontario’s public education system is developing students’ reading, writing and math skills. EQAO provides reliable and useful information that is used to help improve student achievement and ensure the accountability of school boards.

OSSLT 2023

Successful completion of the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) is a graduation requirement for all high school students in Ontario.  The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) measures whether students are meeting the minimum standard for literacy across all subjects. The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) is employing a computer-based online OSSLT to eligible students across the province. The assessment must be completed in person at the student’s school on a school board owned device.

Semester 2 2023 - Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) schedule and details

Information for Parent/Guardian(s) of Grade 10 Students or Eligible OSSLT Student:

Please see the general letter sent previously about the upcoming OSSLT. The link to this letter is here.

Some specific details about the schedule is below:

**Absence policy: Given this is a graduation requirement it must be the priority over and above other potential commitments on the assigned date. Should a student miss the writing of the OSSLT, another opportunity to write the assessment will not likely be possible until the 2023/2024 school year. 


Every student will be provided the following accommodations if required:

The following accommodations will be provided based on individual student needs (as per the IEP and regularly-accessed accommodations throughout the school year):

Please contact Kevin Dellio and/or Barbara Ball if your student requires any of the accommodations above. 


Mr. Kevin Dellio (delliok@hdsb.ca

Mrs. Barbara Ball (ballb@hdsb.ca)

Below is a list of resources for students to access in preparation for the OSSLT:

Literacy Lessons

OSSLT Practice Test

Student Tips Sheet

Slideshow-Preparing and Supporting Students for the OSSLT

For further inquiries please contact Christina Williams, Literacy Lead at williamsch@hdsb.ca or Andrea Dailey, Vice-Principal at daileya@hdsb.ca.