Developing literacy skills is an ongoing objective across all curricular areas and throughout all grade levels. Pine Ridge Secondary School has in place several school-wide initiatives in support of student literacy. The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (O.S.S.L.T) will be written this school year on Thursday, March 30, 2017. It is a grade 10 test that is based on the reading and writing expectations in all subject areas up to the end of Grade 9. It is a test of basic literacy skills and not of memorized facts. All students in Ontario who entered Grade 9 in September 2001 or later and are working toward an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) must write this test.
- Library Collection – The Pine Ridge Resource Centre has developed its' collection with particular attention to our diverse, multicultural audience and consideration of what resources appeal to both genders. Each year, the Resource Centre buys new materials which include teen fiction, non fiction, biography, graphic novels and magazines. Student requests are also collected and purchased where possible.
- Information Technology – As well as print literacy, students of the 21st century also need to be proficient readers of graphic and online materials. Students at Pine Ridge develop their skills using Information Technology across different subject areas and in all grades. In class activities and summative projects, students access online encyclopedia, online databases, evaluate web sites, and create works using software such as Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel and PhotoStory and Comic Life.
- The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test Workbook – This series of reading and writing lessons compiled in booklet form, mirror all the components of the O.S.S.L.T. All grade 10 English classes in both the Academic and Applied programs have been provided with individual student copies. In the Multiple Exceptionalities Program, the OSSLT workbook is also part of their literacy program. Through teacher guided classroom instruction, students work through selected sample test items and are given assessment feedback in preparation for the O.S.S.L.T. Students are encouraged to work through additional practice items on their own.
- Student and Parent Resources– There are a number of resources available to parents in assisting their child to prepare for the up-coming Literacy Test (O.S.S.L.T).
Visit the EQAO Website – Student and Parent Resources
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