EQAO/OSSLT Information

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OSSLT 2022

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 1 2022 - 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. More information and resources can be found at: https://nel.hdsb.ca/students/osslt-eqao-info


Some specific details about the schedule is below:


  • Grade 10 students will be writing in the semester in which their ENGLISH CLASS falls.

  • A practice test for Grade 10 students will take place in Academic English classes on November 2 & 3.

  • Students in Mr. Palinski’s ENG2D1-07 & ENG2D1-01 will be writing November 15 & 16 in their classroom.

  • Students in Ms. Costa’s ENG2D1-02 and ENG2D1-03 will be writing November 15 & 16 in their classroom.

  • Students in Mr. Palinski’s ENG 2P1-01 will be written in one sitting on November 29 in a classroom. This is scheduled for 8:15 am.

  • Students in Mrs. C. Williams’ ENG 2L9-01 will write in one sitting on November 29 in a classroom. This is scheduled for 8:15 am.

  • Eligible VSS students are scheduled to write on November 17 in the library and have received a “save the date” to their HDSB email. This is scheduled for 8:30 am.

  • Students who have previously completed grade 10 English are scheduled to write on November 17 in the library. This is scheduled for 8:30 am.

  • Grade 11, 12, 12+ eligible writers will be invited to write in one sitting on November 22 in the library. This is scheduled for 8:30 am.



**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.



Accommodations:


Every student will be provided the following accommodations if required:


  • Quiet room to write and preferential seating

  • Extra time

  • Attention prompts

  • Frequent breaks

  • Text-to-speech and assistive tools for the text


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


  • Scribing

  • Google Read & Write (text to speech and speech to text)

  • Specialized assessment formats (e.g. braille, larger font, etc.)

  • Alternate test writing space (rather than in the assigned space)


Please contact Kevin Dellio and/or Barbara Ball before November 13, 2022 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



Click here to view the OSSLT Message sent home October 27, 2022.

Click here to view the OSSLT Message sent home September 26, 2022.


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