EQAO Assessment

When do the EQAO Assessments take place?

Niagara Catholic Grades 3 and 6 students will be participating in the Primary and Junior EQAO Assessments between May 15 to June 14, 2023. Your child’s school will schedule the assessment dates and share this information with you.

How will my child participate?

Students will use a device to complete the computer-based assessments during class time at school.

What kinds of questions can we expect on the EQAO assessments?
The assessment questions align with the expectations in The Ontario Curriculum and measure the reading, writing and mathematics skills students are expected to have learned by the end of Grade 3 and Grade 6.

The assessments will provide students with an opportunity to experience engaging and interactive content and to participate in a questionnaire about their attitudes and perceptions about learning.

Why is EQAO important?
EQAO assessments provide information that helps families, educators, schools and school boards understand how students are progressing. At Niagara Catholic, both schools and the Board review results to inform improvement planning.

It is important to note that EQAO primary and junior assessment results are not used to determine a grade on a student's report card.

How do schools prepare and support students?
EQAO assessments are aligned with The Ontario Curriculum and do not require additional preparation.

At school, students will participate in an introductory session with their teacher before the actual assessments to help them become familiar with the online platform, the available tools, and to try the sample tests.

There are many built-in accessibility tools available to all students during the test to support them, such as the zoom in and zoom out features, a text-to-speech reader and a high-contrast view.

Additional supports may be available for your child, especially for students who have an Individual Education Plan. Talk to your child’s teacher for more information.

The EQAO assessments take place within the regular school day, and therefore your child will have breaks like any other school day.

Breathing exercises are included in the assessment to help make your child feel more calm and focused during test-taking.

How will we know how students performed on the assessments?

Individual student results are sent to schools in the fall of the following school year. Students will receive an Individual Student Report from their school to bring home.

How can families help prepare their children for participation in the EQAO assessments?
It is important for students to feel supported and to know that they are ready to take the assessment. EQAO’s Student Engagement Committee reports that students are less likely to feel nervous when they have positive discussions about the EQAO assessments beforehand, and that they appreciate encouraging conversations about their ability to succeed.

If you feel that your child would benefit from additional preparation, families can access the online sample tests available on the EQAO website or at the links below.

Primary Sample Test

Junior Sample Test

What if we have more questions?

Please visit www.eqao.com to learn more about the Education Quality and Accountability Office, including about the EQAO assessments.

The EQAO website has resources to support families, including a video and an opportunity to register for a parent webinar:

Information for Parents and Guardians about the EQAO Primary-Junior Division Assessments Video (NEW) 

Parent Webinar Registration (Multiple dates available)

If you have questions about your child’s participation in the EQAO assessments, please contact your child’s school.

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