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					     Released 2006
Ontario Secondary School
 Literacy Test (OSSLT)
 Rubrics and Responses
                Released 2006 OSSLT Rubrics and Responses

Introduction

This package provides the rubrics and anchors for all writing and open response
reading questions on the 2006 test. This material can be used to:
   • interpret the skill requirements for the Ontario Secondary School Literacy
      Test;
   • assist with analyses of data found in Individual Item Reports;
   • support teachers’ classroom assessment practices;
   • demonstrate provincial standards in classrooms and
   • show students and parents the qualities of different kinds of student work

A rubric is a scoring guide used to evaluate the quality of student work. Each
rubric provides criteria to describe the traits or attributes of student work at a
particular code. A student response, called an anchor, was selected by literacy
experts to illustrate the rubric criteria applied to a particular reading item or
writing prompt.

Training was provided to all scorers for the 2006 OSSLT. Scorers developed
consistency in scoring through the use of the rubrics and anchors included in this
package.

The anchors were recommended by an Education Quality and Accountability
Office (EQAO) Range-finding Committee. The anchors were selected from a
representative sample of student work. Anchors are chosen to show student
performance, to demonstrate the primary traits or qualities of a student’s work in
relation to both the prompt and the rubric, and to provide guidance to scorers
when scoring student achievement. Open response items and writing prompts
were scored by Ontario teachers and university graduates using the rubrics in
this package.

In March 2006, the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test was administered to
students in Grade 10. Success on the test meets the literacy requirement for all
students working towards an Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

The test was administered in two-90 minute blocks. Students responded to both
reading items and writing prompts.

In Reading, the OSSLT narrative, informational and graphic reading selections
focused on three reading skills which were tested using multiple-choice and
open-response items:
• Reading Skill 1: understanding explicitly stated information and ideas
• Reading Skill 2: understanding implicitly stated information and ideas (making
  inferences)
• Reading Skill 3: making connections between information and ideas in a
  reading selection and personal knowledge and experience (interpreting reading
  selections by integrating information and ideas in a reading selection and
  personal knowledge and experience)

Through a combination of multiple-choice questions and short and long writing
tasks, the OSSLT focused on three writing skills:
• Writing Skill 1: developing a main idea with sufficient supporting details
• Writing Skill 2: organizing information and ideas in a coherent manner
• Writing Skill 3: using conventions (spelling, grammar, punctuation) in a manner
  that does not distract from clear communication

The topic development rubric combines Writing Skill 1 and 2 in its criteria. The
use of conventions rubric focuses on Writing Skill 3.
Generic Rubric for Open


Code                                              Descriptor

 B          •   blank: nothing written or drawn in the lined space provided


  I         •   response is illegible, off-topic, irrelevant or incorrect


 10         •   response indicates minimal reading comprehension
            •   response provides minimal or irrelevant ideas and information from the
                reading selection

            •   response indicates some reading comprehension
 20         •   response provides vague ideas and information from the reading selection; it
                may include irrelevant ideas and information from the reading selection


 30         •   response indicates considerable reading comprehension
            •   response provides accurate, specific and relevant ideas and information from
                the reading selection
Reading Selection I
Question ___

Code 10




Code 20
Code 30




Question 2

Code 10
Code 20




Code 30
Reading Selection _____


Code 10




Code 20
Code 30




Code 20
Code 30
Reading Selection

Code 10




Code 20
Code 30




Code 10
Code 10




Code 20
Code 30
  Short Writing Tasks

Sample Student Responses
                                   EQAO OSSLT
                        Generic Rubrics for Short Writing Tasks

   Code                                         Topic Development
       B        •   blank: nothing written or drawn in the lined space provided

       I        •   response is illegible, off-topic or irrelevant to the prompt

     10         •   response is not developed or is developed with irrelevant ideas and
                    information

     20         •   response is developed with vague ideas and information; it may contain some
                    irrelevant ideas and information

     30         •   response is developed with clear, specific and relevant ideas and information


   Code                                         Use of Conventions
     10         •   errors in conventions distract from communication


     20         •   errors in conventions do not distract from communication


Conventions refers to grammar, usage, spelling and punctuation.

Clarification of Descriptors for Conventions
• distract: Reading rhythm is interrupted even if the information can be understood. The reader is
   as aware of the errors as of the information being communicated.
• do not distract: There may be errors, but they do not impede the reader. There is no need to re-
   read.




   N
Topic Development

Code 10




Code 20
Code 30




Conventions
Code 10
Code 20




Topic Development
Code 10
Code 20




Code 30
Conventions
Code 10




Code 20
     News Report
   Long Writing Task


 Topic Development and
      Conventions

Sample Student Responses
                          EQAO OSSLT
         Topic Development Rubric for Writing a News Report


Code                                        Descriptor

    B    •   blank: nothing written or drawn in the space provided


    I    •   response is illegible, off-topic or irrelevant to the prompt

         •   response is related to headline and/or photo but is not a news report
 10      •   an event identified with no supporting details, or details listed are
             unrelated to an event
         •   no evidence of organization

         •   response is related to headline and/or photo but only partly in the form
 20          of a news report
         •   focus on an event is unclear or inconsistent
         •   insufficient supporting details: too few or repetitious
         •   limited evidence of organization

         •   news report is related to the headline and photo
 30      •   clear and consistent focus on an event, simply developed
         •   insufficient supporting details: vague
         •   evidence of organization, but lapses distract

         •   news report is related to the headline and photo
 40      •   clear and consistent focus on an event, somewhat developed
         •   sufficient supporting details: only some specific
         •   organization is simple or mechanical; lapses do not distract

         •   news report is related to the headline and photo
 50      •   clear and consistent focus on an event, well developed
         •   sufficient specific supporting details
         •   organization is generally logical but somewhat simple or mechanical

         •   news report is related to the headline and photo
    60   •   clear and consistent focus on an event, thoughtfully developed
         •   sufficient specific and relevant supporting details
         •   organization is logical and coherent




N
Topic Development
Code 10
Code 20
Code 30
Code 40
Code 50
Code 60
                               EQAO OSSLT
     Use of Conventions Rubric for News Report and Series of Paragraphs
                          Expressing an Opinion

       Code                                       Descriptor

        10           • insufficient evidence to assess the use of conventions
                     OR
                     • errors in conventions interfere with communication


        20           •   errors in conventions distract from communication


        30           •   errors in conventions do not distract from communication


        40           •   control of conventions evident in written work


Conventions refers to grammar, usage, spelling and punctuation.

Clarification of Descriptors for Conventions
• insufficient evidence: The student has not written enough to assess his/her use of
   conventions. A minimum of two sentences is required.
• interfere: Reading rhythm is constantly interrupted. There is so much re-reading that the
   reader cannot recall what the piece of writing said overall.
• distract: Reading rhythm is interrupted, even if the information can be understood. The
   reader is as aware of the errors as of the information being communicated.
• do not distract: There may be errors, but they do not impede understanding of the
   information.
• control: Some errors may exist, but the information is easily understood.




   N
Code 10
Code 20
Code 30
Code 40
  Series of Paragraphs
 Expressing an Opinion
   Long Writing Task

   Topic Development
          And
      Conventions

Sample Student Responses
                           EQAO OSSLT
Topic Development Rubric for Writing a Series of Paragraphs expressing
                             an Opinion

  Code                                      Descriptor

     B      • blank: nothing written or drawn in the space provided


     I      • response is illegible, off-topic or irrelevant to the prompt

            • response is related to assigned prompt but does not express an opinion
     10     • an opinion with no supporting details or details unrelated to an opinion
            • no evidence of organization


            • response is related to assigned prompt, but only part of the response
     20        expresses and supports an opinion
            • opinion is unclear or inconsistent
            • insufficient supporting details: too few or repetitious
            • limited evidence of organization


            • response is related to assigned prompt, and it expresses and supports a
   30          consistent opinion
            • a clear opinion, simply developed
            • insufficient supporting details: vague
            • evidence of organization, but lapses distract

            • response is related to assigned prompt, and it expresses and supports a
               consistent opinion
     40     • a clear opinion, somewhat developed
            • sufficient supporting details: only some specific
            • organization is simple or mechanical; lapses do not distract

            • response is related to assigned prompt, and it expresses and supports a
     50        consistent opinion
            • a clear opinion, well developed
            • sufficient specific supporting details
            • organization is generally logical but somewhat simple or mechanical

            • response is related to assigned prompt, and it expresses and supports a
     60        consistent opinion
            • a clear opinion, thoughtfully developed
            • sufficient specific and relevant supporting details
            • organization is logical and coherent




 N
Topic Development

Code 10
Code 20
Code 30
Code 40
Code 50
Code 60
                               EQAO OSSLT
     Use of Conventions Rubric for News Report and Series of Paragraphs
                          Expressing an Opinion

       Code                                       Descriptor

        10           • insufficient evidence to assess the use of conventions
                     OR
                     • errors in conventions interfere with communication


        20           •   errors in conventions distract from communication


        30           •   errors in conventions do not distract from communication


        40           •   control of conventions evident in written work


Conventions refers to grammar, usage, spelling and punctuation.

Clarification of Descriptors for Conventions
• insufficient evidence: The student has not written enough to assess his/her use of
   conventions. A minimum of two sentences is required.
• interfere: Reading rhythm is constantly interrupted. There is so much re-reading that the
   reader cannot recall what the piece of writing said overall.
• distract: Reading rhythm is interrupted, even if the information can be understood. The
   reader is as aware of the errors as of the information being communicated.
• do not distract: There may be errors, but they do not impede understanding of the
   information.
• control: Some errors may exist, but the information is easily understood.




   N
Code 10
Code 20
Code 30
Code 40