Tuesday, April 25, 2017

In 2015, the College Student Achievement Project (CSAP) team submitted the final research report on the exceptional collaboration that resulted in the development and field testing of the new Assessment for Learning resource for mathematics known as the Ontario College Math Test (OCMT).

Humber College was identified as the lead institution for the implementation of the OCMT and Vretta Inc. was selected as the technology partner.

The implementation process of this new, post-admission placement test, required that it be validated against existing post-admission testing practices.

From January 2016 to September 2016, almost 1500 students completed the OCMT providing a robust data set that enabled the implementation team to develop appropriate placement scores to stream first semester students in business, technology, and liberal arts, into the appropriate first semester math course that matches their skill set.

Effective January 2017, the college has fully adopted the OCMT for its post-admission placement testing and discussions are now underway regarding expanding its use to admissions testing.

While initial feedback from faculty indicates that the OCMT has accurately placed students into their first semester math class, there is still research that needs to be conducted regarding its validity, more specifically, assessing how OCMT scores correlate with other theoretically similar constructs such as final course grades.