As the new curriculum in phased-in, how students are assessed is changing as well. There will be more focus on classroom assessment as it most accurately represents students' ongoing achievement, and can reflect learning that is flexible and personalized.
The provincial exams formerly required for graduation are being replaced by two provincial assessments that focus on literacy and numeracy. Both are required for graduation, but are broad-based and not tied to a course mark.
The first numeracy assessment will be administered in January 2018 as a staged roll-out, with another session in June 2018.
The first literacy assessment is scheduled to be introduced in January 2020.
Francais langue premiere 10, Francais langue premiere 12 and Francais langue seconde immersion 12 changes will be the same as their English equivalents.
For younger students, standardized tests of reading, writing and numeracy (Foundation Skills Assessments or FSAs) will still take place in grades 4 and 7 and be administered in October and November.
Ministry of Education Info regarding the new graduation assessments
Post-secondary institutions have been very involved in these changes. The key provincial assessment that has always been used for entry into BC post-secondary institutions is a Language Arts 12 assessment. This will be replaced with the new literacy assessment.
Admission to post-secondary institutions is based on the final grade achieved in a grade 11 or 12 course. This is not changing.
Yes, report cards will still go out. But to better ensure that students are invested and egaged in their own learning, there will be an increased focus on creating an ongoing dialogue about learning between the student, teacher and parent.
The goal is for parents to have a deeper understanding of their child's progress through relevant, timely information about how their child is doing, rather than just relying on report cards alone or having infrequent parent/teacher meetings.
School District 72 has long used an assessment for learning approach for students in kindergarten to grade 8, which has moved away from letter grades towards a focus of how students are progressing in their learning. This approach has been in place within the Campbell River School District for a number of years and is in line with where education is headed.
Students in grade 9 and younger (in the 2017-2018 school year) will continue their learning with the new curriculum throughout their graduation years. Students in this group will participate in the 2018 Graduation Program, and take the new graduation assessments.
Students in grade 10 (in the 2017-2018 school year) may take the provincial numeracy assessment starting in January 2018, and they will take the provincial literacy assessment in January, June or August 2020. Students in this group will participate in the 2018 Graduation Program.
Students in grade 11 (in the 2017-2018 school year) will continue on the current curriculum and will take the new numeracy assessment prior to graduation. Students in this group will participate in the 2018 Graduation Program.
Students in grade 12 (in the 2017-2018 school year) will not be affected by these changes and will continue to work towards completion using the 2004 Graduation Program requirements.
The Ministry of Education is modernizing standards, not lowering them.
Students will continue to have the flexibility to include dual credit, work experience, advanced placement courses, board authorized approved courses, distributed learning and apprenticeship programs.
- There is more flexibility for teachers to tailor learning to students' individual needs and passions.
- There is also increased flexibility for teacher innovation, for example to take advantage of current topics of interest to students and to develop learning experiences that cross different subject areas.
- There is greater focus on communication, creative/critical thinking, positive personal and cultural identity and social responsibility as core competencies.
- Aboriginal perspectives and content are integrated into all subjects.
- There is an emphasis on core foundational skills while focusing on higher-level conceptual thinking.
The world is vastly different from when many of us went through school. BC's curriculum has been redesigned to respond to the demanding world our students are entering. New technologies enable access to a wealth of information on virtually any topic. Today's students need to learn skills to successfully locate, analyze and evaluate information, then apply it in a proper and useful way instead of memorizing information.
The emphasis is now more on understanding concepts and processes, as well as a personalized learning experience and flexibility to better match individual strengths and needs.