Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) Update
April 27th, 2021, students in Grades 10 and 11, and non-graduating
Grade 12 students will have the opportunity to attempt the Ontario
Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) at Banting Memorial High School.
If successful, this will count towards satisfying the literacy
requirement for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).
note that the literacy graduation requirement for all students
graduating during the 2020–2021 school year has been waived.
a student who is learning from home within the hybrid system wish to
participate in the OSSLT, the student must come into the school and
write the test with their class cohort. In this manner, we are ensuring
that cohorts are maintained, and that all necessary public health
directives and school board health and safety measures continue to be
Even with safety measures in place, we recognize
that not all families will feel comfortable with their student entering
the building and attempting the OSSLT. Please know that we understand
that this concern exists, and staff will work with students to ensure
that they can complete the literacy requirement for the OSSD in the
Unlike past years, there will not be a dedicated day to
the writing of the OSSLT. Instead, all students will be assigned a day
to write the OSSLT between April 27th, 2021 and May 21st, 2021. The test
format has also changed to an online assessment. Please note that the
normal daily school day schedule will be unaffected and will continue as
We believe that students, working with their teachers,
parents/guardians and administrators, can be successful on the OSSLT.
Additional information and materials about the OSSLT are posted on the
EQAO web site at http://www.eqao.com.