Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content
Sign In

Literacy Requirement

OSSLT - APRIL 10, 2018

The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) will be administered on April 10, 2018 to all Grade 10 students and to students in Grades 11 and 12 who have not successfully completed the test.  All secondary students in Ontario must successfully complete the literacy requirement to earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma. 


Simcoe County District School Board secondary schools will have an altered schedule on April 10th to support students writing the OSSLT.

​8:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
​Period 1
Period 2
Period 3
Period 4
​12:15 - 12:40
12:45 - 1:10
1:15 - 1:40
1:45 - 2:15



Transportation for the OSSLT - Literacy Test

A modified timetable and transportation schedule for all students has been developed for April 10, to accommodate the Literacy test administration. For those students writing the test, transportation to and from school "will remain the same".  

For those students "NOT" writing the test, morning pick up times are amended as follows:

School bus transportation will pick-up students at their regular bus stops 4¼ hours after their regularly scheduled pick-up times.  For example, if a student is normally picked up at 8:00am their pick up time will change to 12:30 pm.  Pick up locations stay the same.

Special Education Life Skills and Learning Centre programs are to continue as per usual. 

Off-site Co-op programs – Students with morning co-operative education placements who are not writing the OSSLT are expected to attend their co-op placements and acces s their regular transportation. 


Due to the nature of the shortened periods we will be offering no new curriculum on this day. This day will provide our students several options to attend their classes for supports in the form of extra help, clarification, completing outstanding work or working on previously assigned tasks. Students are expected to attend.

  • All four classes will be available for your child to attend; however, if they need additional support in one course they may choose to spend the entire afternoon working with that teacher. For example, if they need clarification in science, they might spend the afternoon with their science teacher. The same would be true for any course.
  • Teachers will be available, in a single assigned location for their three teaching periods.
  • A student may also choose to attend every class for the 25 minute periods.
  • Program focus for the afternoon will be:
  • Supporting completion of outstanding assignments
  • Providing extra help and clarification

In Grade 10, students take the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT), which measures whether or not they are meeting the minimum standard for literacy across all subjects up to the end of Grade 9.

If students don't succeed the first time the test is written, they will have another opportunity. Schools also have the option of offering students a course in place of the test. For more information about provincial testing, visit