Lasalle Literacy

Lasalle Secondary School's Literacy Website

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Welcome to Lasalle Secondary School's Literacy website.  This website will help you prepare to take the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test.

Successful completion of the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) is a requirement for every student who is working towards an Ontario Secondary School Diploma.  This year, the OSSLT will be written on Thursday April 8, 2010.  All students in grade 10, and those students who were unsuccessful on the 2009 test, will write the OSSLT on this day. 

What is on the OSSLT?

The test has two components- reading and writing. 

The reading component involves reading and answering questions on five different reading selections.  Reading selections come from the categories of graphic (example: charts, schedules), narrative (example: dialogue) and informational (example: news reports, paragraphs).  Muliple choice and open response questions are used to assess reading comprehension.

The writing component involves long and short writing tasks, as well as multiple choice questions testing basic grammar conventions.  There are two writing tasks: a news report and a series of paragraphs expressing an opinion.

What Will Happen the Day of the Test?

The OSSLT will be written on the morning of April 8, 2010.   The test is written using a very precise schedule. 

Students will be assigned a room to write in, and must report to that room by a certain time.  Instructions for the test will be read aloud by the supervising teacher, then students will begin writing Book I.  They have a total of 1 hour and 15 minutes to complete Book I.  After time has elapsed, students are given a 15 minute break, and then must return to their assigned room.  At this point, students will begin writing Book II, and will once again have 1 hour and 15 minutes to complete it. 

What Do I Need to Bring?

Students should bring at least two pens (blue or black ink), two pencils, and an eraser.  Students may also bring a highlighter to help them identify important information.

Are there Provisions for Students with Special Needs?

Accomodations are available for students with special needs.  To qualify, a student must have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) that describes the required accomodations.  Some examples of accomodations include additional time, supervised breaks, the use of a scribe, and the use of a computer.  Students with special needs will be contacted individually to discuss their accomodations.

What Can I Do to Prepare?

Lasalle Secondary School offers a variety of ways to help prepare students for the OSSLT:

  • After School Literacy Preparation Classes:

Students who need extra help preparing for the test are encouraged to attend these after school classes that are held every Tuesday from 3-4 pm in room 319.  Snacks and bus tickets are provided.

  • Literacy Peer Tutors:

Students who are unable to attend the After School Literacy Preparation Classes may choose to work with a Literacy Peer Tutor.  Tutors will be trained, and provided with OSSLT practice materials.  Please see your guidance counselor to sign up.  

  • Independent Practice: 

The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) provides a variety of valuable material, including past tests, to help students prepare for the OSSLT.  Links to these materials, and other great resources can be found under the "Literacy Links" part of this website.

  • Literacy Practice Test:

In February, 2010 all eligible students will write a practice test during school hours.  The tests are evaluated and then returned to students with appropriate feedback to help students increase their scores.

  • In Class Practice:

In the months leading up to the OSSLT, practice materials will be provided to all eligible students for review with their homeroom teachers.