EQAO standardized tests back up and running after being paused due to technical issues

Standardized testing for Ontario students has been summarized after the assessments — all online for the first time this year — were paused due to technical issues.

The assessment platform was back up and running on Wednesday, after having been shut down last Friday following complaints of lengthy delays logging on, students losing their work and connectivity issues.

The Education Quality and Accountability Office, which oversees the so-called EQAO tests, says since last week’s technical difficulties impacting system response times, there was “significant progress” in recent days.

That means that reading, writing and math tests for those in grades 3 and 6, and Grade 9 math tests, will summarize. Those assessments must be done by June 24.

The EQAO, which is an arm’s-length government agency, says that during the 2020–2021 school year, it field tested the online Grade 9 math test and the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) with high school students attending school in person . The agency says “the goal of field testing these new digital large-scale assessments was to gather information to support the continued development of the e-assessment model and platform.”

The field test of the Grade 9 math test took place from November 2020 to April 2021 and 4,592 students participated. The OSSLT field test took place from March 23 to June 4, 2021, and 15,581 students participated.

The OSSLT was not among the assessments paused Friday due to technical issues.

So far this school year, more than 350,000 elementary and secondary students have completed their tests through the assessment platform. As of May 27, 40,620 elementary students, and 318,464 high school students had done the tests — the OSSLT assessments account for 302,470 students.

Testing for elementary students began May 4, while the Grade 9 tests started Oct. 1. The OSSLT was administered from Oct. 13 to Dec. 3, 2021, and between March 23 and May 18, 2022.

Isabel Teotonio is a Toronto-based reporter covering education for the Star. Follow her on Twitter: @Izzy74


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