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STEP Resources for Ontario Assessors

STEP Initial Language Assessment

The STEP Initial Language Assessment is for teachers responsible for assessing newcomer students to Canada who are English language learners. Math assessments for Elementary and Secondary are password protected, and provided to publicly funded English language school boards. 

STEP Initial Language Assessment User Guide 

The STEP Initial Language Assessment User Guide contains guidelines for establishing processes and assessments for receiving and welcoming students in Ontario school boards.

Video Resources

The Peel District School Board video "What is STEPS to English Proficiency?" provides a solid and concise introduction to the STEP Continua, and how it is used by teachers in schools. 

Check out York Region District School Board's video on STEPs to English Proficiency.

The Ontario Ministry of Education created Finding Starting Points to Enable Learning - which answers some key questions:

How do initial assessment practices impact learning? How do you establish an effective learning environment not only for ELLs, but for all students. Why are multiple opportunities to talk and process thinking so important for ELLs?

Click on image to watch video.

Additional Web Resources


This site contains translated factsheets for families about settling in Ontario on the topics of Immigration and Citizenship, Housing, Health, Employment, Education, Community, Legal Services, and Daily Life. The site contains a number of helpful videos for families translated in multiple languages:

CMAS Canada

CMAS is a Canadian organization focused on caring for immigrant and refugee children. The site contains the Newcomer Parent Resources Series, a collection of parenting articles in 16 languages most commonly spoken by refugee families in Canada. 

If You Want Your Child To Succeed, Hold On To Your Home Language

Published by Ryerson University, this site contains brochures for parents on the importance of holding onto home languages in various translations.

Mulitlingual Tip Sheets for Parents about Ontario Schools

The organization People for Education developed useful multingual tip sheets on various aspects of the Ontario curriculum, from EQAO to Special Education/


This site contains a wealth of information for immigrant youth on various topics in simple, concise language.

The Ministry of Education translated resources for parents includes various titles on topics like doing reading, writing, and mathematics with kids.

Parents can learn all about Full Day Kindergarten  in translated factsheets at the bottom of the page.

Check out this site on EQAO Assessment Information translated in various topics for elementary and secondary.

Read  the Canada Food Guide Snapshot in many languages.