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Toronto Catholic District School Board

 

LITERACY 
 

 

Marshall McLuhan Catholic S.S. strives to prepare students to achieve success in all their academic pursuits. Literacy is one of the pillars supporting student success. The staff encourages literacy development within all subjects.   

 

 
Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) 
 
Each year, grade 10 students are eligible to write the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). As described in the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test: Framework, the test has been designed to “determine whether a student has the reading and writing skills required to meet the standards of the Ontario Curriculum across all subjects up to the end of grade nine.”  This test is created, administered and scored by the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) which is an independent agency of the Ontario government.

 

 

The successful completion of the OSSLT is one of the requirements for earning an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Students who are unsuccessful on their first attempt may write the test the following year.  Students who are unsuccessful on both attempts may enrol in the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course. If a student passes this course, he/she will fulfill his/her literacy requirement.

 

EQAO has launched a multi-year project called "EQAO Online" to move provincial student assessments from papaer-and-pencil to computer based.  Fro more information about this test, please visit www.eqao.com.

 

The OSSLT will be administered on April 10, 2018.  

                                 

If you have any questions, please contact the school at 416-393-5561.
 

What is the format of the OSSLT?

 

The OSSLT is comprises of two booklets. Each booklet has both reading and writing tasks. as follows:

 

READING

 

i. Tasks

 
Reading tasks include the following:
 
Ø  information paragraph
Ø  news report
Ø  dialogue
Ø  real-life narrative  
Ø  graphic text
 
ii. Types of Questions
 
The test includes the following types of questions:
 
MC = Multiple choice
OR = Open-response
 
iii. Target Skills
 
When informing students of the correct answer, identify the skill targeted for each question and explain the difference between each skill.  
 
      Understanding explicitly (directly) stated ideas and information
OR
      Understanding implicitly (indirectly) stated ideas and information
OR
      Making connections between ideas and information in a reading
       selection and personal knowledge and experience 
 

WRITING

  

i. Tasks
 
Writing tasks include the following:
 
Ø  Short-writing tasks
Ø  Long-writing tasks (news report & a series of paragraphs expressing an opinion)
Ø  Grammatical exercises
 
 
ii. Types of Questions
 
The test includes the following types of writing questions:
 
MC = Multiple-choice questions
OR = Questions prompting short-written answers 
OR = Questions prompting long-written answers
  
iii. Target Skills
 
The fundamental writing skills that need to be demonstrated in response to different writing prompts are:
 
Ø  developing a main idea with sufficient supporting details;
 
Ø  organizing information and ideas in a clear, coherent manner and
           using conventions (spelling, grammar, punctuation) appropriately and in
           a manner that does not distract from clear communication
 
For more information about this test, please visit www.eqao.com 

 

After School Literacy Program 
 
This non-credit program is offered after school by certified teachers under the Student Success Program to help students meet the provincial curriculum standards for literacy. 

 

This eight-week program runs twice a year.

 

Registration forms are available from the Guidance Department.