Students should not have to write the Grade 10 literacy test is a good idea because it is one mandatory test, which determines whether or not you graduate. One test should not make all the hours of being in school pointless. A student who completes the 40 hours of community service and the 30 credits required to graduate, should be able to get their diploma.
It is already mandatory to have four credits in English, one for every year of High School. The test feels like another English credit. Like the English classes that in school, it tests on the same things that the teachers test you on in class. If students can’t pass the test then it discourages them into thinking that they are not good enough. This is the reason that most students end up dropping out of High School.
I think that the test could be counted like the EQAO test that you take in grade 9. That test determines where students are struggling and achieving the Provincial Standards. The OSSLT should be used by teachers to assess a student’s Literacy skill and to determine their needs. The test could also be an option for those wanting to major in English, like the SAT that you take to get into a higher type of school.
I also think that the OSSLT is not a good idea because everybody learns and thinks differently. Things that is easier for some people is more difficult for others. The test does not take into consideration for those students those who have learning disabilities. If a student learn with a special learning issue all throughout High School, it is unfair to not test them using that special learning issue. It is unfair to think that one person can do the same task in the same way as another person. This test does not consider the other learner styles.
So in conclusion students should not have to write the grade 10 literacy test because the test makes it into a required credit. It also holds back student if they...