Re: Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) and After School Help Sessions
Dear Parent/Guardian of Grade 10 Student / Eligible OSSLT Student:
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. This year, the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) is employing a computer-based online OSSLT to eligible students across the province. Successful completion of the OSSLT is one of the requirements to earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (a requirement for graduation). The assessment must be completed in person at the student’s school.
Students in grade 10 are currently eligible to complete the OSSLT. Eligible senior students (grade 11/12) will write the Literacy Test during our Spring session as well. This includes students who may not have been successful in the Fall 2021 OSSLT assessment (The Ministry has not yet shared this data with schools). Please note that senior students not planning to graduate in June 2022 will be contacted to schedule an opportunity to participate in the writing of the OSSLT.
Students will be writing the test during the morning (period 1 and/or 2) in April 2022. Once we have a specific schedule we will share this with students. Students will complete the assessment in two sessions (Session A and Session B). Each session is designed to be completed in 60 minutes. Additional time can be provided for any students who require it.
Students have the opportunity to become familiar with the online test and its platform through EQAO’s online practice test. For more information about EQAO and to view the full practice test, you are encouraged to visit EQAO’s website www.eqao.com. There will be an opportunity in class for students to become familiar with the actual look and feel of the test, including learning how to use the helpful tools that are now available. Students may also have the opportunity to complete the HDSB practice test during the second week of semester two. Students with an IEP will be offered accommodations consistent with their IEP. This letter will come out shortly to those families.
Nelson High School will be offering additional support for students to help prepare for the OSSLT through teacher-led after-school sessions virtually. Offering these sessions has greatly benefitted students in preparation for the literacy test in the past. These sessions will run from 3:00pm - 4:00pm (Tuesdays and Thursdays), starting on February 22, 2022 to March 31, 2022. Each session will focus on a different skill necessary to prepare for the literacy test. Students will have opportunities to practice and gain confidence through this opportunity.
If your student wishes to participate in the sessions, please fill out the Google form LINKED HERE by February 10th, 2022 to indicate that you would like them enrolled in the literacy test preparation sessions. Attendance will be taken at these sessions and students are requested to attend all sessions.
Much more information to come in February and March.
Ms. Williams Ms. Dailey
Department Head of English Vice Principal