Force-fitting LBS into the Employment Ontario system and chasing after a bogus standard (Part 2)

What is essentially seen by learners as an educational access program is force-fit into an employment service system. Then, an impossible testing standard is established for the system using a falsified threshold level from international literacy testing. Ontario’s LBS system is made accountable for fulfilling the employment goals that most learners don’t have and for … Continue reading Force-fitting LBS into the Employment Ontario system and chasing after a bogus standard (Part 2)

Force-fitting LBS into an employment system and chasing after a bogus standard (Part 1)

Situating the Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) program within the Employment Ontario (EO) system is a force-fit. LBS, primarily a learning program for those with educational and personal learning goals is integrated into an employment services and support program designed to "connect people looking for work with employers looking for work." Most adults who enroll … Continue reading Force-fitting LBS into an employment system and chasing after a bogus standard (Part 1)

The LBS evaluation report and distinction between design and implementation problems

On April 12, Ontario’s Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) released a report detailing the findings of a program evaluation completed November 2016. The report is here, and here is an accompanying executive summary. The findings are hard-hitting. Those in the field will finally see their concerns acknowledged, and meticulously documented in a … Continue reading The LBS evaluation report and distinction between design and implementation problems

Using an international literacy testing spin-off to measure program performance in Ontario’s colleges and universities

The effort to use an adult literacy assessment spin-off in an education system has moved into the big leagues here in Ontario. The Higher Education Quality Council (HEQCO), an agency funded by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (which also funds LBS), just announced the start of an ambitious testing project using Education … Continue reading Using an international literacy testing spin-off to measure program performance in Ontario’s colleges and universities

Using an international literacy spin-off to make funding decisions: A first in Canada and the world

As far as I can tell, and you can tell me different, no other government funded education or learning system in Canada has ever tied the results of student testing to funding. In other words, the LBS system in Ontario will be the first and only publicly funded system in Canada to base funding decisions … Continue reading Using an international literacy spin-off to make funding decisions: A first in Canada and the world

A decade of effort to make the unworkable work

Since 2007 the policy folks who oversee the literacy program at Ontario's Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) have been attempting to use an international literary spin-off test to produce a measure of what they refer to as learner gains. What they are after are test results that show an improvement or increased score … Continue reading A decade of effort to make the unworkable work