Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) is an independent provincial agency funded by the Government of Ontario. EQAO’s mandate is to conduct province-wide tests at key points in every student’s education and report the results to educators, parents and the public. EQAO measures students achievement in reading, writing and mathematics in relation to
Ontario Curriculum expectations.
EQAO assesses students throughout their school career:
Grade 3 assessment of reading, writing and mathematics
Grade 6 assessment of reading, writing and mathematics
Grade 9 assessment of mathematics (all students working toward a credit in Grade 9 Academic or Applied Mathematics are required to participate)
Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) - successful completion of the test is one of the
requirements students must meet to earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma
Understanding how EQAO assessments are used
EQAO distributes an individual report to each student who writes the tests, and posts school, school board and provincial results on its website. Schools and school boards also create their own reports of EQAO data for distribution to parents and others in their communities.
The assessment results add to the current knowledge about student learning, and serve as an important tool for improvement at the individual, school, school board and provincial levels. They can be used effectively to improve student learning through initiatives such as:
schools developing literacy and numeracy improvement plans
boards providing extra resources to meet the needs of students
giving parents tips and strategies to help their children at home
Things to remember about the Fraser Report
The Fraser Institute’s
Report Card on Ontario’s Elementary Schools uses grade 3 and grade 6 Education Quality & Accountability Office (EQAO) test results to calculate each school's overall rating out of 10. As presented, the ratings in the report provide an incomplete and distorted picture of school effectiveness.
Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT)
March 31, 2016
Grade 3 and 6 Assessments of Reading, Writing and Mathematics
(contact your school for the exact dates)
May 25 to June 8, 2016
Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics (Applied and Academic)
January 11 to 22, 2016
Semester 2 June 1 to 16, 2016
Peel District School Board’s EQAO results
EQAO results from 2014-15 school year
During the 2014-15 school year, only students who were enrolled in Mathematics in semester one took part in the grade 9 EQAO math assessment. These students received Individual Student Results from the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) in November 2015.
The following students did not participate in EQAO assessments during the 2014-15 school year due to teacher job action:
- grade 9 students who took Mathematics during semester two
- grade 3 students
- grade 6 students
As such, EQAO will not provide the Peel District School Board with an overall board report nor will they provide individual school results for these 2014-15 assessments.