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The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) will be written by all Grade 10 students across Ontario on Wednesday March 27, 2019.

Currently, there is no on-line OSSLT option.

Only Grade 10 students and previously unsuccessful students need to come to school on March 27, 2019 to write the OSSLT.

The schedule for the day is below:

8:20 amStudents proceed to test rooms
8:30 am to 10:05 am

Students admitted to test rooms, tests distributed and instructions are read

Booklet 1 of the OSSLT

10:05 to 10:20 amBreak (refreshments provided)
10:20 – 11:35 amBooklet 2 of the OSSLT
11:35 – 11:45 amTime for questionnaire
11:45 amDismissal

Note 1: Identified students receive​ accommodations and extra time as per their Individual Education Plan.

Note 2: Regular school bus transportation is provided. There are no changes to bus schedules.

Note 3: Students and parents are encouraged to read the OSSLT 2019 Parent Letter that will be sent home via automated call and email; find here a link to the letter from last school year for your reference. OSSLT 2019 Parent Letter.pdf

Our Literacy Committee will be implementing a multi-faceted Literacy Program to support our students in preparation for the OSSLT. 

We are running an After School Literacy Program (ASLP) for students who require extra support and preparation for the OSSLT. Directly below is the information for this school year's ASLP, for your reference. The ASLP will run on from 2:30 to 3:30 pm Tuesday and Thursday nights on the following dates:

Tuesday February 12
Thursday February 28
Thursday February 14
Tuesday March 5
Tuesday February 19
Tuesday March 19
Thursday February 21
Thursday March 21
Tuesday February 26
Tuesday March 26

A registration form for this optional program can be downloaded here: Literacy Test Preparation 2019.pdf

As well, to familiarize themselves with the format of the OSSLT, all grade 10 students will be reviewing the format of the OSSLT and practicing implicit reading questions. The presentation used can be viewed by clicking here.  As well, a video describing the use of the question and answer booklets can be viewed by clicking here.

Parents and students can visit the EQAO website to view past tests and preparation materials. On the EQAO website you will find additional support and planning resources for the OSSLT. Some of these are listed below.

Student Assessment Booklets and Scoring Guides: EQAO releases examples of actual questions (in regular and Assistive Technology formats) from its previous test booklets. Scoring guides and sample student responses show how the tests are scored and what student responses at each score code look like.

Getting Ready Guide: This guide provides students with details about test content, instructions for doing the test and tips for doing well.

Planning and Preparation Guide: This guide describes the reading and writing skills assessed and the kinds of questions; provides sample test materials and tips for preparing students prior to the test.

Guide to EQAO Assessments in Secondary School: This guide describes the two EQAO tests Ontario students write in secondary school (available for download in 21 languages).

Characteristics of Successful and Unsuccessful Student Performance on the OSSLT : The document is designed to clarify the distinction between successful and unsuccessful performance on the OSSLT. This information will assist educators to help unsuccessful students understand what "getting better" at literacy looks like, to identify evidence that will help a student move from one category to another and to discuss areas for student improvement with parents.

Sample Individual Student Report : This sample Individual Student Report shows how results for the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test are communicated to students.

As well, parents and students can access the Durham District School Board website for more information on the OSSLT and EQAO by clicking here. Find below in our document section sample OSSLT test questions that historically have been tough ones for Gr 10 students.

11 Graphic Text Soybeans_May 2013.pdf
4 News Report_Students Participate in Important Election_April 2013.pdf
5 Polar Bear Reading and Main Idea_April 2013.pdf
6 Series of Paragraphs_Should any course be Compulsory_May 2013.pdf
Literacy Blitz Presentation 2016.pdf
Literacy Test Preparation 2019.pdf
OSSLT 2019 Parent Letter.pdf