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Grade 6 EQAO Parent Information Session. Malvern Junior P.S. Presented by Mrs. Frendjian, Mr. Melchiorre and Mrs. Shuttin. Welcome Parents. Evening Agenda: Parent Quiz –How much do you know about EQAO? How to Use Your Practice Booklet at Home Grade 6 Sample Questions and Student Responses

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Grade 6 eqao parent information session

Grade 6 EQAO Parent Information Session

Malvern Junior P.S.

Presented by

Mrs. Frendjian, Mr. Melchiorre and Mrs. Shuttin

Welcome parents
Welcome Parents

Evening Agenda:

Parent Quiz –How much do you know about EQAO?

How to Use Your Practice Booklet at Home

Grade 6 Sample Questions and Student Responses

Question and Answer Period

Quiz multiple choice
Quiz: Multiple Choice

Choose the best answer from the options below.

The letters E.Q.A.O. stand for:

  • Education Quality Assessment of Ontario

  • Evil Questions Attacking Ontario

  • Education Quality and Accountability Office

  • Equality Quotient Assessment of Ontario

Correct response
Correct Response

C) Education Quality and Accountability Office

It is an independent provincial agency that conducts province wide tests in grade 3, 6, 9 and 10 in reading, writing and mathematics. The results are reported to educators, parents and the public.

Quiz true or false
Quiz: True or False?

The main goal of EQAO Testing is to make recommendations to school boards in order to improve learning and teaching.

Answer true
Answer: TRUE

The tests give parents, teachers, principals and school boards information about how well students have learned what the province expects them to learn in reading, writing and mathematics. The results for each student are sent to the school where the testing took place. EQAO also releases provincial, school board and school results.

Quiz true or false1
Quiz: True or False?

E.Q.A.O. is counted as part of your child’s report card marks.

Answer false
Answer: FALSE

The grades 3 and 6 tests do not count as part of a student’s mark and do not affect their progress or future opportunities in school.

  • The grade 9 math test can count for up to 10% of the student’s math mark. However, students must pass the Grade 10 Literacy Test or Literacy course in order to graduate with an Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

How are test results used
How are test results used?

Teachers and principals get a report that shows how students performed in reading, writing and mathematics

If many students did poorly on a particular skill, then teachers try to find better teaching strategies or resources to help students be more successful

If students in many schools have similar difficulties, then school boards know that all schools need to improve their teaching strategies or find better resources

Quiz true or false2
Quiz: True or False?

Students on an I.E.P. (Individual Education Plan) do not write the E.Q.A.O. test.

Answer false1
Answer: FALSE

All students are encouraged to write the test but some students with special needs may be exempt. The “accommodations” outlined in student IEPs also help students write the EQAO tests. They may include more time to write, a quiet setting or having someone read instructions or questions to them.

True or false
True or False?

Parents do not get to see the results of their child’s EQAO Test.

Answer false2
Answer: FALSE

Parents receive test results in the Fall. Results are sent to the school where the students wrote the test, and the school forwards them to any student who has moved to a new school.

Quiz true or false3
Quiz: True or False?

Parents can do very little to help their children prepare for the EQAO test at home.

Answer false3
Answer: FALSE

Parents can help their children get ready for the EQAO test in a variety of ways.

Use the Practice Test booklet

Teach test-taking strategies outlined in Practice Booklet

Visit the EQAO website and printing previous EQAO tests and examples of student responses (

Encourage your child to think critically by asking questions and to seek answers about everyday topics

How to use the practice booklet at home
How to Use The Practice Booklet at Home

Separate the sections (Resource Booklet and Practice Test Booklet)

Review Dr. Don’s test-taking strategies (Pages 1-19):

Read text slowly and carefully.

Read it again.

Create a “video” of the story in your mind.

Read the questions slowly and carefully.

Underline KEY WORDS.

Look in the text and find the correct answer to the question.

Have your child complete assigned sections of the Practice Test Booklet and review responses using the answers in the Resource Booklet.

Achievement levels
Achievement Levels

Level 1 (Code 10) = D- to D+ (50 to 59%)

Much Below Provincial Standard

Level 2 (Code 20) = C- to C+ (60 to 69%)

Approaching Provincial Standard

Level 3 (Code 30) = B- to B+ (70 to 79%)

Meeting Provincial Standard

Level 4 (Code 40) = A- to A+ (80 to 100%)

Surpasses Provincial Standard

Sample question reading
Sample Question - Reading

Text: A Good Decision

Open Response Question # 1:

What makes the security features easy to use? Use two examples from the text to support youranswers.

Open Response Question # 2:

In the sentence “Knowing how to recognize counterfeit money just makes cents!” What is the significance of the word “cents”? Use informationfrom the text and your own ideas to support your answer.

Reading open response levels
Reading Open Response Levels

Level 1 – Attempts to explain, but provides inaccurate support

Level 2 – Indicates a partial understanding by providing vague support from the reading selection

Level 3 – Indicates understanding by including some accurate and relevant support, and some vague or underdeveloped support

Level 4 – Indicates an understanding by explaining fully and provides specific and relevant support

Incomplete answer
Incomplete Answer


Response is

off topic.

Letter to principal level 1
Letter to Principal - Level 1


Response is undeveloped

and is unclear

Letter to principal level 2
Letter to Principal - Level 2

Rationale: ideas in the response are minimally developed.

Test taking skills in mathematics
Test-taking Skills in Mathematics

Students need to:

understand KEY WORDS (i.e., describe, explain, compare, attributes & figure)

* See Page 27

determine whether the problem is simple or complex * See page 39

If a problem is complex, follow Dr. Don’s Problem Solving Strategy

Helping your child with key words in questions
Helping Your Child with Key Words in Questions

What is the question asking me to do?





Explain/Explain your thinking






Thank you for coming some words of wisdom for reflection
Thank you for coming! Some Words of Wisdom for Reflection

"There are no shortcuts to life's greatest achievements."

"Believe and you will achieve."

"You can't learn if you don't make a mistake."

"You don't have to be great to start but you have to start to be great."

"Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game."

"Success is never final. Failure is never fatal. It is courage that counts."