Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) - Spring 2021 

UPDATE March 2021: This year, school boards across Ontario were given the option to voluntarily participate in the OSSLT pilot study for in-person learners. After careful review of the testing requirements associated with implementation of the test, the challenges faced due to the pandemic, and the equity issues associated with the test not being available to virtual and hybrid learners, the Durham Catholic District School Board has decided not to administer the OSSLT to Grade 10 and 11 students this school year. This direction is also consistent with Durham District School Board (DDSB), and all other Catholic and public school boards in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). This school year has been like no other in history. Students have had to cope with ever-changing learning environments, adapt to quadmesters, changes to timetables and online learning. While we applaud our students and staff for their resiliency and ability to pivot directions and adapt; we must also ensure we prioritize their mental health and well-being. Literacy curriculum will continue to be a focus of instruction within our secondary schools.

St. Mary OSSLT preparation classes 
The classes will run via Zoom from March 15 - April 8, 2021. Please access the enrollment form and select the option that best suits the student by March 10, 2021. This will confirm your placement in these classes. The options are:

Session Dates

  • OPTION 1: Mon & Wed - 8:30am to 9:30am (Only open to students in COHORT B)
  • OPTION 2: Tues & Thurs - 8:30am to 9:30am (Only open to students in COHORT A)
  • OPTION 3: Mon & Wed - 4:30 – 5:30 (Open to all students)
  • OPTION 4: Tues & Thurs - 4:30 – 5:30 (Open to all students)

Additional information about the OSSLT for students and parents, including practice materials, is available on the EQAO website: https://www.eqao.com/the-assessments/osslt/ .  We have also designated an EDSBY group for the OSSLT, called OSSLT 2021 for Students in Grades 10 and 11. We will update this folder with relevant information, tips, and practice tests.

If you require any further information, please contact me at extension 56005 or message me through EDSBY.

Mary Polidano
Vice Principal

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