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Provincial Testing/OSSLT



All students must successfully complete the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test in order to earn a secondary school diploma.  The test will be administered in Grade 10.  The test is based on Ontario curriculum expectations for language and communication, particularly reading and writing, up to and including Grade 9.


The test will determine who has attained the provincial expectations for literacy.  It will identify areas for remediation for students who are unsuccessful in completing the test.  School boards are required to provide remedial assistance for students who are unsuccessful in completing the test.


Ø       Accommodations - Students who are receiving special education programs and services, and who have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) will receive the same accommodations that are set out in the student’s IEP and/or that are available to the student in the course of his or her regular school work, including examinations and other forms of evaluation.  The content of the course will not be altered.

Ø       Deferrals - Students who might benefit from a deferral of the test may include students who have been identified as exceptional and students registered in English as a Second Language/English Literacy Development courses that have not yet acquired the level of proficiency in English required for successfully completing the test. The principal determines if a deferral should be granted and a time period for the deferral.

Ø       Exemptions - Students whose IEP indicates that the student is not working towards the attainment of a secondary school diploma may, with parental consent and approval of the principal, be exempted from participating in the literacy test.




Students who have had 2 opportunities to write the Literacy test and are unsuccessful can enroll in this course and if successful will earn an English credit and will be deemed to have successfully completed the Literacy requirement of the OSSD.  The course can be taken in summer school, night school or on-line.