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Secondary school day altered on Oct. 20 for provincial literacy testOctober 12, 2016 Category: NewsBack to News Page

​The school day will be modified for Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) secondary school students on Oct. 20 because eligible students will write the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT).

Students who are writing the OSSLT should arrive at the school’s regular start time on Oct. 20. The test will take place in the morning.

Students not writing the test should arrive at school 4 ¼ hours later. Periods will be shortened. Specific times will be communicated to students and parents by their school.

Students attending school in the morning to write the test should be at their bus stops at their regular time. Students attending school for the shortened day in the afternoon should be at their bus stops 4 ¼ hours later than their regular pick-up time.

Buses will follow their regular routes during the morning and afternoon runs. All bused students will be transported home at their regular time at the end of the day. 

Online OSSLT Information

The OSSLT is a graduation requirement. It is normally written in March. It is taking place on Oct. 20 this year because Ontario’s Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) has moved the test to an online format. Students will complete the test at school on school computers.
Students who are not successful in October can write the test again on March 30, 2017 either online or on paper. The October test will not count as a failed attempt.
Test preparation
A sample test is available for students to preview and practice. EQAO has created short videos about the features of the online test.
“School and central office staff are working to make sure we are prepared for students to write the online test on Oct. 20,” says Brian MacIsaac, Principal, School Support Initiative – Student Success Leader. “This preparation involves ensuring we have enough computers at every location, and that staff and students have opportunities to become familiar with the online platform prior to the test date. Teachers are working with students discussing test-taking strategies, offering opportunities to practice OSSLT-relevant material, and providing meaningful feedback to support students as they work towards successfully completing this graduation requirement.”
Notes MacIsaac, “It’s important for students and parents to know this opportunity to write the test will allow a number of students to experience early success. Students who aren't successful in October can retake the test in March."
Brian MacIsaac, Principal, School Support Initiative – Student Success Leader, SCDSB
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