LINDSAY, ON – Today the Education Quality and Assessment Office (EQAO) released provincial results for the Ontario Secondary Literacy Test (OSSLT). All students in Ontario must pass the OSSLT prior to graduating from high school. The test is given to students in Grade 10.

Over 1,100 TLDSB grade 10 students wrote the OSSLT in March 2015. Eighty-two per cent of TLDSB students passed the test this year on their first attempt. This number is consistent with the previous three-year trend.

Students studying English at the academic level continue to do exceedingly well on the assessment, with a ninety-seven percent success rate across the seven secondary schools and six alternate learning sites in TLDSB. The test proves much more challenging for students studying at the applied level in English, with TLDSB achieving a sixty per cent success rate.

“We continue to focus our efforts and resources to best advantage all students, but we know that our applied and essential level learners require everything we can possibly do for them,” said Bruce Barrett, Superintendent of Student Success and Secondary School Improvement, “The collegial sharing between educators has helped to move some targeted groups above the seventy per cent mark as we continue to build on capacity in the year ahead.”

“All of our secondary schools perform extremely well in OSSLT achievement,” stated Chairperson Louise Clodd, “Our continued commitment to closing achievement gaps and high quality instruction in TLDSB ensures there is equity across the system regardless of geographic location or school size.”

More information is available on the EQAO website www.eqao.com

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