March 3, 2015
The past few months have been very busy for the Milestones project, which came to a close in February 2015. With the validation of content complete, the last few months were focused on finalizing deliverables related to the additional Milestones test components for CIC. This test development project has resulted in the production of four validated versions of the Milestones test for each of the language skills.
Funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Milestones is an assessment of English as a Second Language (ESL) originally developed in 2011 by CCLB for each language skill - Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.
The test development project in 2011 resulted in the production of two valid prototype assessment versions for each of the language skills. CIC determined that there should be additional content to support the test material in existence, which resulted in the development of additional reading texts and items, listening scripts, speaking topics and writing prompts. These were developed between 2012 and 2014. Throughout 2013-14, the newly developed content was piloted across Canada with language learners from various types of programs, including LINC, Enhanced Language Training (ELT), bridging programs, occupation-specific programs, and academic programs at several universities and colleges. The data from the pilots was then compiled, analyzed and validated in order to create four parallel versions of the test.
The Milestones Test is a highly secure, valid and reliable standardized tool with the flexibility to evolve based on future goals and needs.