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Each year, the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) develop student assessments based on expectations in the Ontario Curriculum. The assessment provides quality information on the achievements of students, and enhances classroom assessment data collected by teachers through the school year.
The EQAO is an independent agency operating within a framework established by the government of Ontario. The EQAO's mandate is to ensure greater accountability and contribute to the enhancement of the quality of education in Ontario through provincial assessments and reviews of elementary and secondary schools.
EQAO assessments are opportunities for students to demonstrate what they know. Two booklets assess language skills, and a third booklet assesses math skills. Each booklet has two sections, with each section taking approximately one hour to complete. Students complete the assessments in their classroom with their regular teachers.
Assessment results do not affect students' grades or report cards, and they are not used to rank schools. Results are used to improve teaching and learning. Ranking provides no information about why scores are high or low, invites simplistic and misleading comparisons that ignore the particular circumstances affecting achievement in each school, and distracts from addressing the more critical issues of how to improve learning for all students.