“From 1994 to 2016, Student Reporting Policy in B.C. remained largely unchanged. In 2016 the Ministry of Education and Child Care began implementing a redesigned provincial curriculum that is flexible, focuses on literacy, numeracy, and the First Peoples Principles of Learning, and supports deeper learning through concept-based and competency-driven education. This educational shift to how and what students learn in the classroom requires a corresponding change to student reporting policies and practices.“ (Ministry of Education and Child Care).
- The removal of letter grades and percentages in Grade 4-9 reporting
- The use of proficiency scales for K-9
- New emphasis on student self-assessment and goal setting
New Indigenous-Focused Graduation Requirement
“Effective the 2023/24 school year, all students working toward a B.C. Certificate of Graduation (“Dogwood Diploma”), in English or French, must successfully complete at least 4 credits in Indigenous-focused coursework.” (Ministry of Education and Child Care)
Current Grade 11 students will be the first cohort needing to satisfy this new graduation requirement. There are a number of Ministry courses that students can take to meet the requirement. Our tentative plan is to have all Grade 12 students (starting next year) take BC First Peoples 12.
Read more about this new graduation program requirement on the Ministry website and/or the BC First Peoples 12 curriculum. We will (re)engage students and parents about this requirement when we begin course selection in February.