Literacy Test Accommodations, Deferrals and Exemptions
Students will write the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test in their grade 10 year. This test is provincially created and assessed. The literacy test evaluates students’ reading, writing and comprehension skills based on the expectations in Language and Communication up to and including Grade 9. Students must pass this test in order to graduate from secondary school. The successful completion of the test will be recorded on the Ontario Student Transcript. Students who do not pass the test successfully will receive remedial help to prepare for re-testing. English as a Second Language students will take the test only when they have reached an equivalent level in their language studies.
The necessary accommodations must be made to ensure that students who are receiving special education programs and services and who have an Individual Education Plan (I.E.P.) have a fair and equal opportunity to successfully complete the secondary school literacy test. The accommodations made will be the same as those that are set out in the student’s I.E.P. and/or that are available to the student in the course of his or her regular school work, including examinations and other forms of evaluation and in accordance with EQAO guidelines for allowable accommodations. While accommodations such as alternative forms of print and extra time are acceptable, the actual content of the secondary school literacy test must not be altered.
Students who might benefit from a deferral of the test may include students who have been identified as exceptional and students registered in English as a second language/English literacy development (ESL/ELD) courses, who have not yet acquired the level of proficiency in English required for successfully completing the test. If a parent or an adult student requests a deferral, the principal will determine whether or not a deferral should be granted and, if so, for what period of time. A principal may also initiate consideration of a deferral. The principal will make his or her decision in consultation with the parent or adult student and appropriate school staff. In cases where the parent or adult student disagrees with the decision of the principal, the parent or adult student may ask the appropriate supervisory officer to review the matter.
Students whose I.E.P. indicates that the student is not working towards the attainment of a secondary school diploma may, with parental consent and the approval of the principal, be exempted from participating in the secondary school literacy test. Students who do not successfully complete the literacy test will not receive a secondary school diploma. Should the learning expectations contained in the student’s I.E.P. be revised at some point so as to allow the student to work towards the attainment of the secondary school diploma, the student would be expected to successfully complete the secondary school literacy test.