EQAO - Education Quality and Accountability Office

The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) is an arm’s-length Crown agency of the Government of Ontario legislated into creation in 1996 in response to recommendations made by the Royal Commission on Learning in February 1995.

The purpose of EQAO tests is to ensure that there is accountability between school boards and schools in the publicly funded system in Ontario. Educational accountability is important to three key stakeholders: taxpayers, elected officials, and teachers. By providing these yearly standardized tests, the Ministry of Education hopes to increase the quality of education in Ontario, while also using the tests to make plans for future improvement.

EQAO tests are intended to measure the students' ability to:

  • Make sense of what they read in different kinds of texts;
  • Express their thoughts in writing using appropriate grammar, spelling and punctuation; and
  • Use appropriate math skills to solve problems

Grade 6 is an Assessment Year. EQAO usually takes place the last few weeks in May to the first weeks in June. The results of your child’d EQAO testing will be sent to you in October.

To help prepare your child for EQAO, we will regularly look closely at past EQAO questions to help practise and refine skills.

If you would like to help your child at home with EQAO, you can check out the EQAO website for current and/or past questions here. Or check the links below for examples.

Samples of Reading EQAO tests (“Would you pass?”)

Sample of Mathematics EQAO test (“Would you pass?”)

GTA Students faring better in literacy (Toronto Star, Sept. 18, 2014)

GTA Students Struggling with Math (Toronto Star, Sept. 22, 2016)

 Anson Park P. S. EQAO School Profile


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