EQAO OSSLT – March 30th

On Thursday, March 30th, the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test will be written in all high schools in Ontario.  At Grand River, over 300 students will be involved and the schedule for the day will be altered.  More information about the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test is available at www.eqao.com

The Literacy Test, administered by Ontario’s Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO), is used to determine whether a student has the literacy (reading and writing) skills required to meet the standard for understanding reading selections and communicating in a variety of writing forms expected by The Ontario Curriculum across all subjects up to the end of Grade 9.  The successful completion of this test or the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course is a requirement for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

In order to create a positive environment that will optimize the conditions for successful completion of the OSSLT, the instructional school day for all students at GRCI has been modified.  The following is the timetable for March 30:

GRCI OSSLT Timetable – Thursday March 30, 2017

Students writing the OSSLT admitted into assigned classrooms. 8:15 am
Instructions 10 minutes 8:25 am     – 8:35 am
Booklet 1 75 minutes 8:35 am     – 9:50 am
Break 15 minutes 9:50 am     – 10:05 am
Booklet 2 75 minutes 10:05 am   – 11:20 am
Student Survey 10 minutes 11:20 am   – 11:30 am
Lunch 55 minutes 11:30 am   – 12:25 pm
Tutorial support for Periods A & B 60 minutes 12:25 pm   – 1:25 pm
Tutorial support for Periods C & D 60 minutes 1:25 pm    – 2:25 pm
All electronic devices are prohibited in test rooms.

It is important to note the following about the day’s structure:

  • Students not writing the test will only have access to the cafeteria, while the test is in progress, for quiet, independent study. As most school staff will be involved in administering the test, there will be no regular classroom instruction in the morning.  School buses will run only at their regular times.
  • Once regular administration of the test has been completed, teachers will be available in the afternoon to provide all students with tutorial assistance in all subjects and at all grade levels.  Teachers will announce to their students, and post in their classrooms, the location for their tutorial sessions. Regular attendance reporting procedures remain in effect for this day, in that any student who does not attend will be marked absent.

These adjustments have been made across the Waterloo Region District School Board in order to facilitate the administration of the OSSLT in a manner that provides for the best conditions possible for the students who are writing.  If you have any concerns or questions regarding the OSSLT, or the schedule for March 30, please feel free to contact any one of the GRCI Administrators.