Today in up to 900 high schools across the province of Ontario, voluntary tests will be taken.  Headed by the Education Quality and Accountability Office, which oversees standardized testing, the tests will be conducted as a part of a test of its new online assessment program.

The agency says up to 190,000 students will attempt the Ontario secondary school literacy test online for the first time today and the test will be a trial of the technical readiness of the EQAO and the schools to support online assessments, and is a “risk-free” way for students to take it ahead of the next scheduled assessment in March 2017.

If students pass the online test, it will count, but if they fail or don’t complete it, they will be considered “first-time eligible” for the test next spring.

The schedule for the testing includes two sittings, each made up of two 75-minute sessions, and the program is open to all 72 school boards, as well as First Nations and private schools.

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