Ontario  Secondary School Literacy Course (OSSLC)

If a student has had two opportunities to take the OSSLT and has failed it at least once, the student is eligible to enroll in the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (OSSLC). Principals have the discretion to allow a student to enroll in the OSSLC before he or she has had a second opportunity to take the OSSLT, if the principal determines that it is in the best educational interest of the student. The credit earned for successfully completing the OSSLC may also be used to meet the Grade 11 or the Grade 12 compulsory credit requirement in English.

Important Notes:

  • Mature students have the option to enroll directly in the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (OSSLC) without first attempting the OSSLT.
  • Students who are working towards the OSSD under Ontario Schools, Intermediate and Senior Divisions (Grades 7–12/ OACs): Program and Diploma Requirements, rev. ed., 1989 (OSIS) and students who are working towards an earlier diploma, such as the Secondary School Graduation Diploma, are not required to meet the literacy graduation requirement.
  • For students with special education needs, accommodations specified in the student’s IEP must be available to the student throughout the course. However, because achievement of the expectations in this course represents fulfilment of the literacy requirement for graduation, no modifications of the expectations are permitted. Students who were receiving special education programs and/or services and had an IEP documenting accommodations required during the taking of the OSSLT may be eligible to enroll directly in the OSSLC if the required accommodations were not available on the day the OSSLT was administered.

Ontario  Secondary School Literacy Course

This course is designed to help students acquire and demonstrate the cross-curricular literacy skills that are evaluated by the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). Students who complete the course successfully will meet the provincial literacy requirement for graduation. Students will read a variety of informational, narrative, and graphic texts and will produce a variety of forms of writing, including summaries, information paragraphs, opinion pieces, and news reports. Students will also maintain and manage a portfolio containing a record of their reading experiences and samples of their writing. 

Eligibility requirement: Students who have been eligible to write the OSSLT at least twice and who have been unsuccessful at least once are eligible to take the course. (Students who have already met the literacy requirement for graduation may be eligible to take the course under special circumstances, at the discretion of the principal.)