Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT)

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students,

The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test 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 (OSSD). 

The 2021-2022 OSSLT will be a computer-based assessment comprised of two 60 minute sessions. The OSSLT will be administered at two points during the 2021-2022 school year.

  • The first administration window is for Grade 11 and non-graduating Grade 12 students from October 13th to December 1th, with results available in January 2022.
  • The second administration window is for Grade 10s and previously eligible students from March 23rd to May 18th, with results available in June 2022.

Although the Ministry of Education has waived the literacy graduation requirement for all students graduating during the 2021–2022 school year, the OSSLT will be available to students in Grade 10, 11, and non-graduating grade 12 students who are working toward their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). This will allow the option for students in Grades 10 and 11, and non-graduating Grade 12 students, to attempt the test. If successful, this will count towards their literacy graduation requirement. 

Students who are writing the OSSLT this year will be required to use a school device to access the platform. COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed including, but not limited to, cohorting, physical distancing and sanitization of shared computer equipment. Eligible, in-person, students will remain in their assigned cohorts and classes for testing.

Due to public health restrictions and the need to ensure strict cohorting of students, the opportunity for virtual students to participate in the OSSLT will be optional and arranged for the second administration window between March 23rd and May 18th.

Grade Eleven and Non-Graduating Grade Twelves that are in-person will be writing the OSSLT in their Period One Classes on one of the following dates: November 23rd, 24th and 25th

Specific test date and room assignment will be communicated to families this week.

Corpus Christi Catholic Secondary School, in conjunction with our Literacy Team, are committed to helping our students prepare for the OSSLT.  Over the course of the school year, all teachers have been incorporating literacy skills into their regular class program. For parents who would like to help their student prepare for the OSSLT, you may visit the EQAO website at www.EQAO.com to access more information and/or the student practice test is available here.

Students who are successful on the 2021–2022 OSSLT will have satisfied their OSSD graduation requirement. Results will be released after the open-response questions have been scored. An Individual Student Report will be generated for students after the scoring of the OSSLT.  Results for this first administration of the OSSLT will be in January, 2022.

Accommodations will be made for English Language Learners and for students with an Individual Education Plan (IEP).

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Patrick Brophy, Vice Principal.

Thank You,

The Corpus Christi Admin Team

Braccio, Anne-MarieOntario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT)