Welcome & introduction Today is NOT March 29 but this entire presentation is about an important event scheduled for Thursday, March 29. Through this presentation I hope to give you some information so that you prepared for the OSSLT.
Did your class get to complete the diagnostic? http://www.polleverywhere.com/multiple_choice_polls/uZMzTlYnTI44hrj
As a percent (%), what do you think the average mark was on the test? http://www.polleverywhere.com/free_text_polls/fP4aEGOOxRzx7I5
As a class, what percentage (%) of the OSSLT do you think is multiple choice? http://www.polleverywhere.com/free_text_polls/0yAyVKq8HeAkuvu
There are 3 formats of reading questions including - multiple choice - short answer & - questions that require a brief explanation Within each of these different formats there will be 3 different types of questions Directly stated in the reading selection Indirectly stated in the reading selection - Making connections between personal knowledge & experience and ideas and information in the reading selection
The OSSLT consists of Reading and Writing selections. There are three types of reading selections: Informational materials such as explanations and instructions. Literacy materials such as stories, descriptions, and dialogues. Graphic materials such as schedules, graphs and tables
There will also be 3 different types of writing tasks 1.Long-Writing Tasks news report based on a picture and a headline (one page) series of paragraphs expressing an opinion on a given topic (two pages) 2. Short-Writing Tasks opportunity to use your knowledge and personal experience while demonstrating your writing skills 3. Multiple-Choice Questions opportunity to demonstrate the three writing skills
The writing questions are designed to measure student achievement in the following areas: Development of an main idea Provision of support details Organization and linking of ideas and information Use of an appropriate tone for the purpose and the intended reader Use of correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling
There are 2 booklets you will need to complete. Each booklet takes approximately 75 minutes so you will work on the first booklet in period 1, then have a 20 minute nutrition break, then write the 2nd booklet in period 2. After you have completed the 2nd booklet there is a short questionnaire for you to fill out.
If you fail the test, you may retake it again in Grade 11. I also mentioned the Ontario Secondary Schools Literacy Course that is a semester long course that may be offered to some students. You must have written and failed the OSSLT at least once in order to be admitted to the OSSLC. If you take and pass the OSSLC, you are given the literacy equivalency credit and do not have to write the test again.
Passing the OSSLT is one of the necessary requirements for graduating from High School with your Ontario Secondary School Diploma.
Some of you are ready to write the OSSLT and have been since the end of grade 9. Other students may need more support both inside and outside of the classroom. All students who are writing the OSSLT will have the opportunity to write a practice test on Thursday, March 22 – 1 week before the actual test.
Probably the only question you have is when will I get my results. Although you write the test in March you will not receive your results until June. Your test is actually shipped to Toronto where a team of teachers will spend time marking, checking, and remarking your test. This teacher team decides on your mark, not SDCI, and whether or not you pass or fail.
If you or your parents have any more questions, you can visit the EQAO website at www.eqao.com
Saints Kitchen will be making snacks. What would you like them to make for you? http://www.polleverywhere.com/free_text_polls/ItF8VcXVMVjkCf9
If I can offer you some helpful advice, it would be this: - Follow the directions completely (if it says to write 3 paragraphs don’t write 4 in hope of doing better) Don’t leave any questions blank Bring a pen & a pencil to write with - Don’t book any appointments on March 29 - Make sure to have a good breakfast
Strathroy District Collegiate Institute
--Test day is March 27, 2014--
Questions along the way?
• Each class please sign is to
• Use your teacher’s name i.e. Mr. Woodburn
On a mobile device
1 device per class
Go to Pollev.com
(that’s the number you send the text to)
Overall average of all SDCI results = 51.3%
Mark range was from 0% to 100%
Yes, so what??
Just multiple choice
Didn’t answer some questions
– Preparing for OSSLT
– Gr 9 SDCI Sept 2013 diagnostic
– Average was 58.65%
• 48% of OSSLT is multiple choice
• Successful 2nd time at SDCI vs 1st
• We are not good at multiple choice
• Gr 9’s Sept 2013 = 58.65%
• Gr 10’s Feb 2014 = 51.3%
What is on the test?
How long is the test?
What happens if you fail the test?
Why can’t they just use our English
What is an OSSD?
Who can help me prepare?
When will I get my results?
What snacks are provided?
Types of Reading Questions
Directly stated in the reading selection (explicit)
Indirectly stated in the reading selection (implicit)
Making connections between personal knowledge &
experience and ideas and information in the reading
Types of Reading Selections
such as explanations and instructions
such as stories, descriptions, and dialogues
such as schedules, graphs and tables
Length varies from
1 paragraph to 2 pages
Types of Writing Tasks
news report based on a picture and a headline (one page)
series of paragraphs expressing an opinion on a given topic (two
opportunity to use your knowledge and personal experience while
demonstrating your writing skills
opportunity to demonstrate the three writing skills
Three Writing Skills
Test has short- and long-writing tasks, and multiple-choice questions,
that focus on 3 writing skills required in school and daily life:
Development of a main idea with supporting details
Organize information and ideas in a coherent manner
Use conventions (syntax, spelling, grammar and punctuation) in a
manner that does not distract from clear communication
2. How long is the test?
The entire test will take 2 ½
hours including instructions
and a nutrition break.
•Two 75 minute sessions
•Period 1 = 1st booklet
•20 minute nutrition break
•Period 2 = 2nd booklet +
3. What Happens If I Fail the OSSLT?
• If you fail the test in
Grade 10, you may
retake it in Grade 11.
• The Ontario
(OSSLC), an OSSLT
equivalent, is offered
in Grade 12 to some
4. Why can’t they just use our
• Standardized assessment
• Have you acquired the reading
and writing skills that you are
expected to have learned by
the end of Grade 9?
• These skills are basis for
learning in ALL subjects areas
throughout both elementary
and secondary school.
6. Who can help me prepare?
In-Class Literacy (on-going)
Gr. 10 OSSLT Presentation (Feb. 25)
Remediation for At-Risk Students (on-going)
OSSLT Practice Booklet (Tuesday, March 4)
OSSLT Practice Test (Thursday, March 20)
Where Can I Find More Information?
• You can find
at the Education
Office site (
• Follow the directions completely (if it says to
write 3 paragraphs don’t write 4 in hope of
• Don’t leave any questions blank
• Bring a pen & a pencil to write with
• Don’t book any appointments on March 27
• Make sure to have a good breakfast