Assessments at a Glance

This section gives basic information about the Assessments of Reading, Writing and Mathematics, Primary and Junior Divisions.

What’s NEW for 2022

EQAO recognizes that digitalizing its assessment program has many benefits for students, parents and guardians, educators and the broader community. Digitalized assessments can be adaptive and allow for a more student-focused experience, which helps to reduce test anxiety and gives students opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in different ways. Digitalized assessments also provide schools with more flexibility for the scheduling and administration of the assessments, and they deliver faster and more precise results to educators, students, and parents and guardians. Additionally, digitalized assessments ensure that Ontarians continue to receive reliable information about the quality of the province’s publicly funded education system.

Refer to EQAO Digitalization and Modernization for more information.

Assessment Window

For the 2021–2022 school year, the administration window for the Assessments of Reading, Writing and Mathematics, Primary and Junior Divisions is Wednesday, May 4, to Friday, June 24, 2022. This year, only students who are learning in person will participate in the assessments. Students who are learning remotely and wish to participate in the assessments can, at the discretion of the school board, attend in person for the purpose of participating in the assessment so long as all applicable health and safety measures can be met.

EQAO will send a memo with dates when boards should upload student data prior to the assessment window. This data will need verification in the e-assessment platform. School administrators and teachers have steps to complete prior to, during and after the administration of the assessment.

Please ensure all steps outlined in the section called After the administration of the assessment are completed within two school days following the end of the administration and no later than June 24, 2022.

Purpose of the Assessment

EQAO’s Assessments of Reading, Writing and Mathematics, Primary and Junior Divisions are curriculum-based standards-referenced large-scale assessments. They measure student learning of the knowledge and skills that are defined in the expectations in The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1–8: Language (2006) and The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1–8: Mathematics (2020). For more details on the assessments, refer to the Assessment of Reading, Writing and Mathematics, Primary and Junior Division Framework, 2022 (links below).

Primary- and Junior-Division Assessment Design

Design of the Language and Mathematics Components of the Primary- and Junior-Division Assessments

The language components of the primary- and junior-division assessments use a testlet-based linear on-the-fly (tLOFT) design, and the mathematics components use a multi-stage computer adaptive testing model that adjusts to the individual student’s performance as the student progresses through the stages.

Refer to the Framework on the EQAO website for more information:

Assessment of Reading, Writing and Mathematics, Primary Division Framework, 2022

Assessment of Reading, Writing and Mathematics, Junior Division Framework, 2022

Duration of Assessment Sessions

The table below illustrates the suggested allotted time for each session or stage of the assessments.

Note: Grade 3 and Grade 6 students do not have to complete the assessments at the same time.

The sessions for language and the stages for mathematics must be completed in the order in which they are presented, and each session or stage must be completed in one continuous assessment session.

Note: An assessment session may include water, stretch and washroom breaks.

The sessions for the language component and the stages for the mathematics component can be completed interchangeably (e.g., Language Session A, Mathematics Stage 1; Language Session B, Mathematics Stage 2).

Below are two sample schedules showing the ways the assessments may be organized.

Updated on April 12, 2022