OSSLT Test Design

Since literacy is the basis for learning, the concept of “success for all” in education means that all students must attain a minimum level of literacy. For the purpose of the OSSLT, literacy comprises the reading and writing skills required to understand reading selections and to communicate through a variety of written forms as expected in The Ontario Curriculum across all subjects up to the end of Grade 9.

Refer to the OSSLT Framework for detailed information including the blueprint of how the assessment aligns with the Ontario curriculum, the test design, scoring rubrics and a sample ISR. Each test has a field-test component and an operational component. The operational component contains the items that are scored to be included in the student results. The items from the field-test component are not used in determining the student results. Review the OSSLT Framework.

Updated on September 25, 2023