The use of Education and Skills Online as a performance measure will lead to a series of unintended consequences in post-secondary institutions

While it’s apparent there were research design challenges with HEQCO’s recent attempt to examine the usefulness of a basic skills test as a post-secondary outcomes measure (see a commentary in University Affairs and my own post), it’s more challenging to recognize the problems with the test tool itself. A recent blog post from Higher Education Strategy Associates… Read More

HEQCO makes questionable and problematic claims after completing pilot featuring OECD’s Education and Skills Online

The Higher Education Quality Council (HEQCO) recently proclaimed that one-quarter of graduating students score below adequate on measures of literacy, numeracy  This was quickly mimicked in a Globe and Mail headline: One in four Ontario postsecondary students lacks basic literacy, numeracy skills, studies say. HEQCO came to the conclusion based on the results of their… Read More

ESEE come, not so ESEE go… What went wrong with the Learner Gains Research Project and what can we learn from it?

A couple of weeks ago the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) released a memo and accompanying reports announcing they will not use the Essential Skills for Employment and Education (ESEE) test to measure the skill gains of students who participate in LBS programs. ESEE was piloted in LBS programs in what was… Read More

Concerns about competencies and a “digital solution” in adult education reform

I was part of a small group who worked together to develop a response to the recent call for input on the adult education consultation overseen by Ontario’s Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD). In the group were participants and organizers from The Festival of Literacies, “an initiative to bring adult literacy practice and… Read More

Organizational Changes and the Newly Created Adult Education – Lifelong Learning and Essential Skills Branch

Organizational changes in all three learning ministries were made last spring, a few months after Premier Wynne mandated the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) to lead the development of an integrated, learner-focused Adult Education System, working with the ministers of Education, and Citizenship and Immigration. I’ve pieced together those changes using online… Read More

Ontario’s Adult Education Consultation and an On-going Concern about a Seemingly Uncoordinated System

So much is happening in Ontario’s adult education system in a very short period of time that it becomes challenging to keep track of announcements and various initiatives. In just over a year, those working in LBS, ESL/FSL and Adult Credit have been caught up with The Highly Skilled Workforce Initiative, The LBS evaluation, a symposium… Read More

The Power of the Logic Model in Coordinating the Work of Policymakers and Local Programs (Part 4)

Creating a Closed Feedback Loop and Excluding the Expertise and Knowledge of Those in LBS Programs The LBS logic model is designed to measure its own perception of literacy development, one that is detached from what adult learners actually do in programs, and the teaching and program development work that program staff do. It is… Read More

The Power of the Logic Model in Coordinating the Work of Policymakers and Local Programs (Part 3)

Long-Term Impact Statements: Misunderstandings, Fundamental Flaws and More Design Inequities Measures of long-term impacts drive the LBS system, as they are used to develop measures that will demonstrate overall system effectiveness and efficiency.  They also guide decisions about the types of measures used. There are four long-term impact statements. Two address employment and two indirectly… Read More