New Curriculum

New Curriculum

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curriculum implementation


Why a new curriculum?

moving-forwardBritish Columbia’s curriculum is being modernized to respond to this demanding world. To develop new models, the Ministry consulted with education experts both locally and internationally. They agreed that to prepare students for the future, the curriculum must be student-centred and flexible, and maintain a focus on literacy and math skills, while supporting deeper learning.

How was this curriculum designed?

classroomThe new curriculum was redesigned by a team of educators from across the province. Their work was based on solid research, extensive consultation, and classroom successes from around the world.

What's new in the redesigned curriculum?

reading-writing-mathPersonalized learning is at the heart of the new curriculum, which will help students learn by exploring their interests and passions.

The curriculum is designed to give students a core competency skill-set that will prepare them for the next big steps in their lives, such as post-secondary education and entering the workforce. This core competency skill-set is in the following areas:

  • critical thinking
  • communication skills
  • social responsibility

Teachers will also be given more time and flexibility to explore areas and current topics that are of most interest to students.

Core foundational skills will be balanced with learning higher-level conceptual thinking.

Aboriginal perspectives and content will be integrated into every subject in the new curriculum.

For additional information, click here.

Teacher training

teachersLast September, the Ministry of Education and B.C. Teachers’ Federation announced plans to support teachers get the information and training they need to implement the redesigned curriculum. 

Included in the support plan are:

  • learning sessions for teachers at the provincial and local levels
  • webinars, videos and district-level teams in place so teachers can learn first-hand what is working in the classroom
  • extra time set aside throughout the three years so districts and teachers associations can collaborate on training for teachers
  • dedication of two existing professional days to the new curriculum in 2016-17 and 2017-18

On Monday, September 26, SD42 held the first of two provincially mandated K-9 curriculum implementation days during the 2016-17 school year.

Read the full Ministry of Education press release on curriculum training for educators.

What is the implementation timeline?

timelineIn Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows public schools, teachers tested the new curriculum in many Kindergarten to Grade 9 classrooms during the 2015/16 school year. Starting this September, it becomes the official curriculum for all schools in BC.

For the 2016-17 and 2017/18 school years, teachers will have the option to use the new draft curriculum for Grades 10 to 12; it will be fully implemented during the 2018-19 school year. For more details about the Grades 10-12 draft curriculum, click here.

By 2018-19, the entire K-12 curriculum will be used in all classrooms across the province.


Graduation and assessment changes

assessmentIn addition to an updated curriculum there were will also be changes to assessment and provincial exams that will be implemented province-wide between 2016-2018.

Changes to assessment

Beginning in the 2016-17 school year, changes in curriculum, assessment and graduation requirements are being phased in for students in Grades 10 to 12.

The changes include discontinuing the five current secondary school provincial exams and replacing them with two provincial exams that focus on literacy and math skills – the key subjects post-secondary institutions look to for admissions.

Provincial exams for Science 10, Social Studies 11, Language Arts 10 and Math 10 will no longer be used and will be replaced by classroom assessments.

There will be overlap between the previous grad program and the new one, and therefore a transition period to account for students progressing toward graduation under different scenarios. Students entering Grade 10 in the 2017-18 school year will be the first group where the new requirements apply entirely.

In the 2016-17 year only, there will be no changes to the Language Arts/English 12 provincial exams. They will run as scheduled, aligned with the prior curriculum, not the new one.


Students entering Grades 10-12 during the 2016/17 school year

The Ministry of Education has provided this chart to help clarify requirements:


  • Students with a personal scenario different than the above, or with questions or concerns, should contact their school, visit, or contact Service BC at the 604.660. 2421.
Selection of learning resources

To support personalized learning, the Ministry of Education has given school districts the freedom to select appropriate learning resources for their students. In the Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows School District, the selection of learning resources follows the guidelines and procedures outlined in the School District 42 Selection of Learning Resources document.

New curriculum at work inside SD42 classrooms

A Gr. 8/9 math project at Westview Secondary builds on the flexibility of the redesigned curriculum. Read the full story


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