Validation Design Consultations
The National Consultations on the CLB/NCLC report provided fifteen recommendations to guide the revisions of the CLB/NCLC. Following the CLB revisions, a rigorous validation process is viewed as the logical next step and prerequisite for the CLB to become recognized as a high stake framework for the development of subsequent resources, used as practical, valid and reliable national standards of second language proficiency for educational, training, community, and workplace settings. With funding from the Government of Alberta CCLB convened in Ottawa a group of pan-Canadian validation experts on May 10th, 2010, to determine a methodology to validate the CLB/NCLC. The experts had as tasks to inform a validation process that would ensure the revised CLB/NCLC meet standard validation criteria required for high-stakes usage, and inform requests for funding to undertake the validation. The main meeting outcome was the elaboration of Action Plan submitted for final experts’ feedback. The incorporation of their feedback resulted in an informed four stage validation plan that will serve as the framework of a future validation project.