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. All students in public and private schools who are working toward an Ontario Secondary School Diploma are required to write the OSSLT in Grade 10. Successful completion of the OSSLT or OSSLC is a graduation requirement.


In 2008, the Niagara Catholic School Board scored 87% on the Grade 9 testing by the Education Quality Accountability Office (EQAO), above the provincial score of 84% and the District School Board of Niagara scored 82%, only slightly below provincial scores.


Figure 6  Percent Success, Grade 9 EQAO Testing

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