Grade 10 literacy test date set

District Grade 10 students will write the Education Quality and Accountability Office’s literacy test Feb. 14-15.
“We found out about it just before the holidays,” Fort High vice-principal Mary Hickling said Monday morning.
“The ministry gave us a couple of dates to choose from, and these are the ones Fort High chose,” she noted. “I think the other one conflicted with our exam schedule [Jan. 18-24].”
Students will write the literacy test during the morning of both days. They must pass it in order to graduate.
The test, originally scheduled for October, was abruptly cancelled the day before it was to have been held after portions were posted on the Internet.
“The literacy team has been working with teachers all along and I’m sure there will be some intense preparation before this test,” noted Hickling.
“The kids were well-prepared last time. And I think they’ll be ready again,” she added.
If a student fails the mandatory test, they will get other chances to rewrite it before their graduation year.
But it’s possible students won’t know if they’ve passed or failed it before the end of this school year—and so may have to wait until the fall to try again.
The test written by grade 10 students last year was declared a “practice test” by the Ministry of Education mere days beforehand.
Some school boards and union heads noted that decision led to students not taking the test seriously and thus resulted in poor test scores across the province, including here.