The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test takes place in the spring of every school year. At this time, Grade 10 students (and anyone who has failed or missed the test previously) takes this 3 hour literacy aptitude test. All students must pass the literacy test prior to graduation. If a student fails this literacy test twice in a row, they must then complete the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course. The results of the literacy test are published to the EQAO website. As such, the English teachers at Assumption work diligently with the other departments in the school to provide support for students. This is accomplished by infusing all Grade 9 and 10 courses with Literacy Test Preparation Activities.
After School Literacy
Students who struggle with literacy may be recommended to the after school literacy program. Here, students will practice the skills that will be evaluated on the Grade 10 OSSLT. This program is for Grade 10 students who are at risk of failing the test and Grade 11 students who previously failed the test. Each session will focus on a particular skill as it pertains to the literacy test. Units will include newspaper writing, opinion piece writing, focus on main ideas and supporting details, multiple choice and short answer questions, and graphic text analysis.