The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) measures whether or not students are meeting the minimum standard for literacy across all subjects up to the end of Grade 9. Successful completion of the literacy test is one of the requirements to earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Students in grade 10 will have the opportunity to take this test on Wednesday, March 27, 2019.

Last June, all grade 9 students participated in a practice literacy test. Specific feedback was given to students and parents regarding the reading and writing components of the practice test. Should you be concerned about your child’s literacy skills based on those results, or based on your child’s level of literacy as expressed by his/her teachers, we recommend the following program.

In February, we will be starting after school literacy classes for students who need extra instruction and support to develop their level of literacy and prepare for this test. These classes are free of charge and are available to students in grades 9 through 11. Classes will take place here at St. John Catholic High School on Wednesdays, beginning February 6th. Classes will run from 3:15 to 5:00. Late busses will leave the school at 5:10. Spaces are limited to fifteen students per night and pre-registration is required. Once students are registered, attendance is mandatory. All materials for the literacy program will be provided. Please see the attached schedule for further details.

Should you feel that your son/daughter would benefit from this program, please fill in the registration form attached and return it to the main office by February 5, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Tammy Peckham or Principle Deanne Strong.

For more information please see the links below:

EQAO Web site

After School Literacy Program Letter January 2019