Ontario reading test scores inflated by assistive technology, report says
Scores for Ontario standardized-reading tests have been inflated by the use of assistive technology, according to a recent report.
The Ontario branch of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) examined data from the standardized reading tests administered by Ontario’s Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) dating back to 2005.
Between 2005 and 2019, EQAO has reported a steady increase in reading scores for students in grades 3 and 6. The report notes, however, there is an increasing number of students, most with a learning disability, who use assistive technology to complete the test, which can inflate the numbers.
“There are so many students out there whose experiences are being hidden right now in the EQAO reporting,” Alicia Smith, president of the IDA’s Ontario branch, told CBC Radio’s Ontario Today.
Assistive technology allows students who have been…