Ontario Schools and School Boards Get Their Results from the 2011 Literacy Test

TORONTO, June 15, 2011 /CNW/ - Today the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) released school- and board-level results from the 2010-2011 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). With the results now available on EQAO's Web site, school communities across the province can access their local information and view the outcomes of their collective effort to improve student literacy.

"School- and board-level results are an important piece of information about student achievement in school communities across Ontario," said Brian Desbiens, Chair of EQAO's Board of Directors. "These results are one of the tools educators and system administrators use to help gauge the effectiveness of their instructional programs and identify areas of student learning that still require attention."

On June 8, EQAO announced that of the students who wrote the test for the first time, 83% were successful, maintaining the high rate of success seen over the past few years. With these results, schools and school boards will be able to compare their own results to the provincial results released last week.

"It's essential for communities to have reliable evidence about the literacy development of students in their local schools," said Marguerite Jackson, EQAO's Chief Executive Officer. "Good evidence enables us all to do better by the students in our charge."

EQAO's comprehensive provincial report detailing the OSSLT results will be published on September 14 as part of the agency's report on student achievement in secondary schools. The report will also include the results of EQAO's Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics.

During the week of June 20, students who took the 2011 OSSLT will receive their individual results. EQAO's Individual Student Report includes information about each student's areas of strength and weakness on the literacy test.

All of the results released today are available on EQAO's Web site, www.eqao.com.

About EQAO
The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) came into being in 1996 as an independent arm's-length agency of the Ontario government after the Royal Commission on Learning recommended the establishment of province-wide testing to evaluate and report on the quality of education in Ontario schools. For more than a decade, EQAO's assessment practices and processes have placed the organization at the forefront of large-scale assessment programs worldwide. EQAO administers several province-wide tests each year. Results from these assessments yield individual, school, school board and provincial data on student achievement.

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