This morning, all nine AMDSB secondary schools were to participate in the Education Quality and Accountability Office’s online Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) pilot project. The pilot project involved more than 100,000 students in more than 900 secondary school across the province.
Under the pilot project, students who were successful in writing the test would have fulfilled their literacy requirement. Any students who were unsuccessful would have an opportunity to succeed in March 2017 without penalty.
Unfortunately, due to serious difficulties at the EQAO, our schools were unable to connect to the test site and our students were therefore unable to write the test.
Reports on social media indicate that most school boards across the province experienced problems as well and had to withdraw from the online trial.
We thank students, parents, guardians, teachers, administrators and staff members across the school district for their efforts and understanding during this test of the new OSSLT online network.
We support the EQAO’s efforts to modernize the writing of the OSSLT, and we hope that once the technical issues at EQAO have been rectified, our students will have another opportunity to participate in writing the OSSLT online.