Opportunity to Learn reading is defined by three constructs (see list below). Student responses to questions related to each construct are then measured against a rubric that describes situations that would be typical if the student had "sufficient" opportunity to learn in that construct.
- Preparation and commitment to learn
- This construct looks at the extent to which students' answers on the OTL questions imply that they display the characteristics of highly committed learners identified in research literature.
- Knowledge and use of reading strategies
- Provincial English Language Arts curricula identify several reading comprehension strategies often used by strong readers. This construct is designed to assess the extent to which students are aware of, understand, and use these strategies when they read.
- Home support for reading
- This construct examines the extent to which they have support at home for reading.