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As stated in the Ministry of Education’s Ontario Schools, Kindergarten to Grade 12: Policy and Program Requirements, 2011, secondary school students are required to successfully complete the literacy requirement before graduating with a Secondary School Diploma. Students typically write the Ontario Secondary School Test in Grade 10. This year Grade 10 students and students in senior grades who have not yet met the literacy requirement will be expected to write the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test on Thursday March 27, 2014.
The Practice Literacy Test and the OSSLT comprise of 2 booklets which include several short reading articles (informational, graphic and dialogue) as well as a number of written responses such as multiple-choice questions, short answer responses, a news report and a series of paragraphs stating an opinion. The test time allotted is 75 minutes* for each booklet with a 15 minute break between the two booklets. During the break time students are provided with snacks and drinks and they must remain on the third floor where the test is being written to ensure security. The lunch period is adjusted to permit test writers to complete the test in the allotted time. Students are expected to attend their afternoon classes after their lunch period.
In order to help prepare students for the OSSLT we held a Practice Literacy Test on Tuesday October 29th, 2013. The practice test is marked by teachers who provide valuable feedback and opportunities for students to receive additional support to help them improve their literacy skills.
Students can ensure success on the OSSLT by attending school regularly, completing all assignments, reading on a daily basis, taking advantage of opportunities to improve their literacy skills by writing the practice, following through with suggestions provided and attending in-class workshops.
Students and parents can access additional information and practice materials at the EQAO website: www.eqao.com
Important Dates to remember:
• October 29, 2013 - Practice Literacy Test
• March 27, 2014 - Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test
*subject to accommodations as stated in IEP’s
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