Literacy Assessment

Provincial Graduation Literacy Assessment (GLA)

About the GLA

The Graduation Literacy Assessments (GLA) will be introduced in the 2019/20 school year (all Language Arts 12 examinations will continue until that time, and then be phased out in the process).
The GLA is under development. It will be delivered online and will include several components (described below). Further details are available in the Graduation Literacy Assessment Specifications.


Pre-assessment activities 

  • Purpose: The pre-assessment activities provide opportunities for students to collaborate or to work individually in preparing for the Graduation Literacy Assessment.  
  • Description: Activities include sample assessments, student exemplars, and instructional videos, designed to provide clarity of purpose and understanding  of expectations. 
  • Benefit: Familiarizes students with the structure of the assessment and the types of responses required.

Essential question – Activating thinking 

  • Purpose: The essential question provides the context for the entire assessment and engages students’ thinking as they proceed through Parts A and B. 
  • Description: Students activate their thinking, guided by prompts and opportunities to consider the essential question, ideas related to it, and what it means to them. 
  • Benefit: Activates students’ prior knowledge and prepares them to think deeply and broadly as they begin the assessment. 

Part A – Analyzing Texts and Communicating Understanding  

  • Purpose: Part A assesses students’ ability to analyze and demonstrate their understanding of texts. 
  • Description: Students answer a series of selected-response questions related to the texts, respond to a graphic organizer question, and produce a piece of writing in response to the texts. The texts and questions relate to the essential question. 
  • Benefit: Engages students in critically analyzing and communicating their understanding of texts. 

Part B – Analyzing Texts and Communicating Personal Connections 

  • Purpose: Part B assesses students’ ability to analyze and respond personally  to texts. 
  • Description: Students are offered a choice of texts to analyze and respond to. Each option is composed of comparable reading and communicating tasks, is equal in rigour, and relates to the essential question. Students are presented with specific descriptions of the required tasks in each option before they are asked to make their choice. In both options, students answer a series of selected-response questions to the texts before producing a piece of writing in which they make personal connections. Option 1 focuses on Literacy for Information and includes  a variety of information-based texts. Option 2 focuses on Literacy for Expression and includes a variety of texts emphasizing various forms of artistic expression. While these options afford students choice in the types of texts presented, both are equal in expectations and levels of difficulty and are scored with the same scoring rubric. 
  • Benefit: Students can choose the texts that appeal to their interests. 


  • Purpose: Self-reflection encourages students to think about their work within the assessment. 
  • Description: Constructed-response questions guide students to reflect on:
    • their strengths 
    • the processes they used to prepare for and complete the assessment 
    • the accuracy and comprehensiveness of their responses 
  • Benefit: Students reflect on their work on the assessment and provide feedback to the assessment developers.  

Pre-assessment Activities

Resources to help students prepare for the Graduation Literacy Assessment will be developed in advance of the first implementation in 2019/20, and then available year-round.

Sample GLA

An online sample GLA is under development. 

Additional Resources

More resources will be posted as they become available.