The student must successfully complete the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) which measures whether students are meeting the minimum standard for literacy across all subjects up to the end of Grade 9. Successful completion of the literacy test is one of the requirements to earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma. The test is scheduled by and administered through the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) once each year; all students across the province write this test on the same date, usually in late March each year. Students who do not successfully complete the OSSLT will have opportunities to retake the test in subsequent years, on dates scheduled by the EQAO. Students who are not successful in two attempts of the OSSLT will have the option of completing the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (OLC 3O/4O) in order to satisfy the provincial literacy requirement.
For additional information about accommodation and assessment policies please visit the Education Quality and Accountability Office.
To participate fully in the society and workplace of the 21st century, today’s students will need to be able to use language skillfully and confidently. The Ontario curriculum recognizes the central importance of reading and writing skills in learning across the curriculum and in everyday life, and prepares students for the literacy demands they will face in their post-secondary endeavors. To ensure that they have the essential competencies in reading and writing required to succeed at school, at work, and in daily life, students in Ontario must demonstrate those skills as a requirement for graduation.
The standard method for assessing the literacy skills of students in Ontario for purposes of meeting the literacy requirement for graduation is the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT), implemented in the 2001–2002 school year. The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course has been developed to provide students who have two unsuccessful attempts on the test with intensive support in achieving the required reading and writing competencies, and with an alternative means of demonstrating their literacy skills. For additional information, please refer to the course outline for the OSSLC (OLC 30/40).