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Path to Graduation

​Graduation is a major step from childhood to adulthood.

Our children need to be prepared to succeed as adults when they walk across the stage and get their graduation certificate.

The new curriculum maps out a clear path to graduation - and preparation for life after high school. The future our children must succeed in is different from the one we envisioned even 10 or 15 years ago. It is our job to prepare all children for success in whatever life path they choose.

The graduation years still spans Grades 10, 11, and 12, but a student's path to their Dogwood will include more variation and flexibility. For example, teachers and students will now have more opportunity to explore learning outside of the classroom and build on each student's potential.

To graduate, students on the 2018 Graduation Program will need to write two new provincial assessments and complete 80 credits during their graduation years (10-12). There is an emphasis on real-life experiences - community involvement, gaining business knowledge, and hands-on learning. These are the kinds of skills that build better students and better citizens. The new curriculum aims to connect students with the skills they need to succeed in their next chapter.

That's why, for students in the updated 2018 Graduation Program, there will be a renewed focus on Career education. What they learn will show them the link between the classroom and their opportunities in life.

The updated graduation program will help students to move forward on their chosen path - college, university, trades training, or the workforce. The new curriculum will arm them with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed. Post-secondary institutions in B.C. and beyond will continue to be consulted to ensure the changes we are making to curriculum, assessments and the grad program maintain a seamless path to education beyond high school.

Evan Cunningham - SPMA11/23/2017 8:16 AM
Assessment and Reporting

​We are redesigning the curriculum and changing how we connect students with the skills they need to succeed. That makes assessing student progress, and the quality and effectiveness of the education system even more important.

Provincial assessments in the graduation years (10-12)

Students will write two provincial assessments during their Graduation years (10-12): one in literacy and one in numeracy. Provincial assessments will continue to be rigorous.

Literacy and numeracy are core skills that cut across every subject – the keys to success in university, college, and careers. We are still measuring success and standards remain high. We will make sure students can show what they have learned - and apply it.

Provincial assessments in Grades 4 and 7

The new Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) is B.C.'s standardized assessment of reading, writing, and numeracy in Grades 4 and 7. It provides a critical snapshot of how students are doing – and how our education system is doing.

This combination of provincial graduation assessments in critical-skill areas, standardized assessments in Grades 4 and 7, and classroom assessments for other subjects will make sure teachers, parents, and post-secondary institutions know just how well students are prepared to succeed.

Evan Cunningham - SPMA11/23/2017 8:15 AM
K-9 Curriculm Update - August 2016

The 2016/17 school year begins with the launch of the official redesigned K-9 curriculum. This update includes information about the redesigned K-9 curriculum, frequently asked questions, course codes, and more. For the complete document please visit the following link: Educator Update: K-9 Curriculum​


Evan Cunningham - SPMA3/23/2017 10:49 AMAttachment
New Curriculum - Ministry Update

​​The world is changing. Parents want their kids ready to succeed. So do teachers. So do we.

That's why it's critical that we refine our education system, designed in the last century, so students can succeed in the 21st Century.

Parents expect their kids to learn the basics - reading, writing and arithmetic. Imagine them doing this through real-world situations.

Every student will get hands-on experience in collaboration, critical thinking and communications - skills they'll need to succeed in college, university, and the workforce.

Personalized learning is at the heart of the new curriculum.

It helps students learn by exploring their interests and passions. Whether it's computers, hockey, or art, passion is a motivator for students, and students can connect with their interests to excel in the classroom.

We didn't do this in a vacuum - B.C.'s curriculum has been designed by a team of B.C. educators based on solid research, extensive consultation, and classroom successes from around the world.

Teachers have tested the new curriculum in many Kindergarten to Grade 9 classrooms this past year - and we're bringing it to all classrooms this fall.

This September, teachers in Grades 10 to 12 will start using the new approach on a trial basis - to get it ready for full implementation in a year.

Evan Cunningham - SPMA3/23/2017 10:49 AM
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