OCMT has been designed over 10 years of research and deliberation by all 24 Colleges in Ontario as a Math Assessment to increase student success and retention. The diagnostic assessment is used to identify strengths and areas of improvement in math skills. Upon completing the diagnostic assessment, students upgrade their skills using highly interactive mastery-based modules that provide them with feedback throughout the learning experience.
The summative assessment is used to place students in their appropriate math course at the institution. OCMT was developed by Vretta through collaborative efforts between content and research experts from all 24 colleges and schools in Ontario in partnership with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development. To view the information brochure, click here.
Through the research conducted by the CSAP, a custom framework was developed as the foundation for both the assessment items and the remedial modules. The framework comprises of two equally important dimensions which form the basis for test item validity analysis:
Content Topics and Sub-topics
To ensure that the Assessment for Learning program is custom tailored for the specific requirement of the math course, mathematical topics and sub-topics are identified to form the content dimension of the assessment framework. The framework can be expanded or adapted to suit the needs of a particular college or program to include modules which focus specifically on concepts for business, technology, or programs such as health, and the skilled trades, including topics such as geometry and trigonometry.