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Literacy in Grade 10

Literacy in Grade 10

Background

The purpose of the EQAO Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) is to provide greater confidence in the literacy skills of students graduating with the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Literacy is defined as having the reading and writing skills required to understand reading selections and to communicate through written forms. The OSSLT measures whether or not students are meeting the minimum standard for literacy across all subjects up to the end of Grade 9. In 2021-22, the OSSLT was administered over a period of approximately six weeks in both the fall and spring.


2021-22 EQAO, Percentage of Fully Participating First-Time Eligible (FTE) and Previously Eligible (PE) Students Who Were Successful on the OSSLT: Board and Province

2021-22 bar chart of OSSLT results

Compared to the province, the percentage of fully participating TDSB students who were successful on the OSSLT in 2021-22 is:

  • 2 percentage points higher for FTE students than the province (84% compared to 82%); and
  • the same for PE students than the province (85%).

Note, the previously eligible (PE) cohort includes all Grade 11 students who did not have a prior opportunity to write the test during the pandemic. These students had an additional year of learning, and their success rates are higher than those for the first-time eligible (FTE) (Grade 10) students. These success rates are much higher than in prior years, when the PE cohort included only students who had a prior unsuccessful attempt on the OSSLT. Additionally, some students benefitted from the opportunity to attempt the test a second time in the spring if they were not yet successful in the fall. (See EQAO’s highlights of the provincial results for the OSSLT).

 

2018-19 EQAO, Percentage of Fully Participating First-Time Eligible (FTE) and Previously Eligible (PE) Students Who Were Successful on the OSSLT: Board and Province

 

2018-19 bar chart of OSSLT results

Note: Cautions should be considered when interpreting this data.


School by School Results - First-time Eligible Students
School by School Results - Previously Eligible Students

For information about elementary school level results and the results for the Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics:

 

 

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