What is EQAO?

EQAO is an independent, arm’s-length agency of the Ontario provincial government that provides parents, guardians, teachers, and the public with reliable and valid information about student achievement. EQAO reports provide information for educators, parents, guardians, policy makers and others in the education community to use to improve student learning and instructional practice.

The Assessments of Reading, Writing and Mathematics Primary (Grades 1-3) and Junior (Grades 4-6) are based on the reading, writing and mathematics expectations in The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1-8.

The Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics are based on the expectations for students in Grade 9 applied and academic programs in The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 9 and 10: Mathematics.

The purpose of the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) is to ensure that students have acquired the essential reading and writing skills that apply to all subject areas in the provincial curriculum up to the end of Grade 9. AL students who are working toward an Ontario Secondary School Diploma are required to write the OSSLT in Grade 10. Students who have been unsuccessful on the OSSLT may be eligible to fulfill the requirement through the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (OSSLC). Successful completion of the OSSLT or OSSLC is a graduation requirement.

Each of these assessments provide both individual and system data on students achievement.

To view a selection of our EQAO results by school and board levels, please follow the link to the left, EQAO & Board Reports. For more information about EQAO and for a list of parent resources, please click here.


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