Teacher Bulletin ONTARIO SECONDARY SCHOOL LITERACY TEST, 2008–2009 Januar y 2009 Purpose The purpose of the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) is to ensure that students have acquired the essential reading and writing skills that apply to all subject areas in The Ontario Curriculum up to the end of Grade 9. Quick Facts Reading Selections and Questions ■ The Sample Test Booklets, 2008 (sessions 1 The following types of reading selections are and 2) provide an example of the OSSLT Administration Date with a Student Answer Sheet. included: The morning of Thursday, ■ information paragraph ■ The Getting Ready Guide gives students April 2, 2009. tips and strategies to help them successfully ■ news report Booklets complete the test. ■ dialogue There are two test booklets ■ The Released 2008 OSSLT Items with ■ real-life narrative (sessions 1 and 2).There is one Answer Key and Scoring Guides show ■ graphic text Student Answer Sheet for all students the types of questions on last multiple-choice responses. The reading selections are followed by multiple- year’s test. The released student responses choice and/or open-response questions. and rubrics provide the scoring criteria Field Test and show the qualities of different Field-test selections and questions Writing Tasks student work. are embedded in the test.They Students will have multiple opportunities ■ EQAO’s Provincial Report on the Results of do not count toward the to demonstrate their writing skills in the 2007–2008 Ontario Secondary School student’s score. several formats: Literacy Test contains suggested strategies ■ Short-writing tasks require a response in for instruction. Duration six lines. Students will complete each Guidelines for Administering ■ The two long-writing tasks are the OSSLT—General Steps test booklet in 75 minutes, plus a ◆ a news report (one page) and questionnaire. A break is provided For Principals For Teachers ◆ a series of paragraphs expressing an 1. Complete SDC 1. Review the guides. between booklets. opinion (two pages). information. 2. Organize the Multiple-choice questions that test 2. Read the guides. classroom. Reporting ■ 3. Plan the 3. Check to see if you The student’s outcome will be writing skills are independent of the administration have received correct reported as one literacy result reading selections. (including identiﬁca- Student Tracking on the Individual Student Report. tion of students with Sheets and student Provincial, board and school To Learn More special needs and packages. The following educator and student resources English language 4. Administer the reports provide combined scores. learners). assessment. are available on the EQAO Web site: 4. On the morning of 5. Return all assessment Test Content ■ The OSSLT Framework assists educators the administration of materials to the in understanding the purpose of the test the test, distribute principal. The test consists of 47 materials and Student and the connection between the test and operational test questions. Tracking Sheets. the curriculum. Eight of these are open- 5. Monitor the response questions that are ■ The Planning and Preparation Guide administration of the scored with rubrics. The rest contains information about reading assessment. are multiple-choice questions. selections, types of questions and 6. Return the materials writing tasks. to EQAO. EQAO conducts province-wide assessments at the primary, junior and secondary levels to measure student achievement against curriculum expectations. The data can be used as an additional tool to direct improvements in education at the individual, school and provincial levels. For access to the OSSLT Framework, which shows how the test reﬂects curriculum expectations, and other useful educator resources, visit www.eqao.com. Professional Responsibilities for the Administration of the OSSLT EQAO relies on principals and teachers in the development, administration, scoring and reporting of the OSSLT. Principals are responsible for Principals and teachers are responsible ■ Once the test materials have been opened, ensuring that to ensure the fair and consistent no one may use information from the test to administration of the test as outlined in provide instruction on any concept or item ■ they and the teachers administering the test the administration guide.These procedures being tested prior to, during or after the have read the 2008–2009 administration must be followed: administration of the test. guide and board direction/policy. ■ During the test, no one may explain, deﬁne ■ all students eligible for the test are Before the Administration or provide examples of reading vocabulary accounted for, including those writing with ■ Ensure that all materials and types of or writing terminology to students, including accommodations and special provisions, and materials ordered have been received. those with accommodations. those deferred or exempted. ■ Student test packages must not be opened ■ During the test, nothing may be said or ■ any student receiving an accommodation prior to the administration of the ﬁrst done to inﬂuence student responses, has an Individual Education Plan (IEP) test session. including, but not limited to, actions such that outlines the accommodations that ■ Only staff members administering the test as drawing a student’s attention to an are necessar y for and consistent with may have access to test materials. unanswered question. regular classroom assessment practices used for the student. The student must ■ Teachers administering the test may receive ■ At no point during or after the test may normally receive the accommodation for the student test materials no earlier than the anything be said or done to encourage all forms of assessment, including morning of the day the administration begins. students to alter or revise their responses. summative assessment work. ■ Scribes and prompters may have access ■ No one may read, review or correct student ■ complete and accurate information is provided to the test materials only during the work during or after the administration. This to EQAO for each student eligible to write administration sessions. includes darkening, rewriting, editing, the test, including those writing with accom- ■ Staff preparing test materials for assistive erasing or altering student work in any way. modations or special provisions, and those technologies may have access to the ■ Each test booklet must be completed in one deferred or exempted. materials no earlier than 48 hours prior continuous session. A session may not be ■ complete and appropriate test materials are to the start of the administration. interrupted by lunch or by any other school ordered for each student, using the EQAO ■ Test materials must not be copied in any programming. A session may include water- SDC system, including, if necessary, way for any reason. The only exception is fountain, stretch and washroom breaks. additional materials requested after receipt for the preparation of test materials for ■ At the end of each session, the test booklets of the initial shipment. students using assistive technologies (no must be collected and stored in a secure ■ all material necessary for the preparation for earlier than 48 hours prior to the start of place without review. and administration of the test is provided to the administration). ■ After a test session has ended, booklets all participating teachers and support staff. During and After the Administration must not be returned to students for further ■ all teachers and other personnel (e.g., scribes, ■ Only staff members administering the review, correction or completion. prompters and principals themselves) partici- assessment may have access to test materials. ■ Once both booklets are completed, they pating in, preparing for and administering ■ Unused test packages (e.g., for absent must be collected and stored securely, the test have received training this year and students) must not be opened for any reason, without review, prior to the return of follow this year’s administration guide and except with EQAO’s permission. materials to EQAO. the Guide for Accommodations, Special ■ All test materials, used or unused, must be ■ Student test materials must not be Provisions, Deferrals and Exemptions. returned to EQAO. removed from the classrooms during ■ all test materials are kept secure prior to, the administration. ■ Student responses must not be copied in during and after the administration. any way for any reason. The only exception ■ All classroom materials containing reading ■ the locations and conditions for writing or writing content of an instructional nature is for the recommended photocopying of the test allow each student to work must be removed from view or covered. No the Student Answer Sheets prior to returning independently of every other student and additional tips or reminders may be posted in them to EQAO. conform to EQAO requirements as deﬁned the classroom, written on the blackboard or ■ Any circumstances that may affect the in the administration guide and the Guide handed out to students. scoring of student work (e.g., package ID for Accommodations, Special Provisions, number issues) or may have affected the ■ Only those individuals directly involved in Deferrals and Exemptions. validity of any student performance (e.g., a the administration and testing activities ■ there is no deviation from EQAO guidelines (e.g., scribes and prompters) may enter the discussion between two students during the and instructions without explicit written testing room. test) must be documented and reported to direction from the relevant supervisory EQAO on the Issues Envelope. ■ Students must be supervised at all times ofﬁcer and EQAO’s Chief Assessment Ofﬁcer. during the administration. This includes ■ any breach or suspected breach of security students with accommodations or special is reported to EQAO immediately. provisions and students who require additional time to complete the test.
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