Important information about the
Online Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test
Oct 20, 2016
As you may know, some students at Rideau High School were participating in a pilot program to write the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) online. This was the first time the test, which is normally written in March, was offered in an online format.
Our students and staff volunteered to participate in this pilot project and came to school this morning well prepared. Unfortunately, we quickly began to experience technical difficulties with the test site including problems logging onto the site and lags in the system response time. For some students this happened at the outset, for others it happened during the test and even near or at completion. These issues were reported to the school district and the district confirmed the issues were not related to Ottawa-Carleton District School Board networks and that problems were being reported province-wide.
At that point, the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO), the administrator of the test, acknowledged technical difficulties and asked that students remain in the classroom and wait for the test to resume. Unfortunately, on further review EQAO advised all Ontario school districts that the OSSLT assessment was being cancelled. Principals were instructed by EQAO to inform students of the cancellation and ask any students logged onto the site to log out.
I know this was a frustrating issue for students and staff who were well-prepared and I am sorry that it was a difficult experience. I want to confirm that this attempt at the OSSLT will not count towards the graduation requirement; students will be required to write the OSSLT during the regular administration on March 30, 2017. I understand that the EQAO will be reviewing what happened and will provide more information in the future.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school.
Steve Spidell, Principal