Milestones and digital technology: Assessment and reporting practices

November 1st, 2015 by Alan Cherwinski

In 2014-15, AlphaPlus was involved in a research project examining current assessment practices related to the OALCF Use Digital Technology Milestones, the alignment between the Milestones and program learning and reporting trends. Our study concludes that the Milestones and accompanying administration guidelines work counter to the ministry’s objective for the OALCF to “improve service delivery, learner experiences and learner outcomes” by introducing a series of challenges, contradictions and inequities.

EOIS-CaMS data and anecdotal information indicated that the OALCF Competency D – Use Digital Technology Milestones were often being selected. We wanted to know why there was a reliance on a limited number of Milestones and determine why assessors were making this choice. An investigation initially focused on digital technology Milestones grew to incorporate a broader investigation of Milestone use in general.

This SDNDF-funded project Assessment Use and Reporting: Investigating Data Integrity Issues gathered information from assessors in LBS programs by way of an online survey and in-person interviews focused on the digital technology Milestones as well as assessment and reporting practices and their impacts on programming. The insights of practitioners with experience using the OALCF Milestones were integral to the project. We thank MTCU for funding our important research and LBS practitioners for their invaluable contributions.

Four brief research reports were produced that are available for download:

Assessment Challenges, Contradictions and Inequities: An analysis of the use of digital technology and OALCF Milestones (Research Overview)

Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) Program Data

Practices Developed When Using the OALCF Milestones

Lessons Learned from an Analysis of OALCF Use Digital Technology Competency Milestones