BC Curriculum

BC Curriculum

The BC curriculum

moving-forwardIntroduced in 2016 for K-9, and phased in from 2017-19 for 10-12, the BC curriculum has been redesigned to support the changing world students are entering. To develop new models, the Ministry of Education and Child Care 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 numeracy while supporting deeper learning.

How was this curriculum designed?

classroomThe 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 redesigned 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:

  • thinking
  • communication
  • personal and social responsibility

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

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

Aboriginal perspectives and content are integrated into every subject in the redesigned curriculum.

Another key component is career education, which is designed to help students from kindergarten to Grade 12 learn how to effectively manage their life journey towards several possible preferred futures.

Learn more about the redesigned curriculum.

The BC curriculum explained

How has the curriculum been redesigned and how does this benefit student learning? We’ve highlighted some key features of the BC curriculum below:



Assessment and reporting: Elementary 

assessmentClassroom assessment and reporting

For the past few years, staff in School District No. 42 have been exploring a better way to communicate student learning at the K-7 level. Instead of producing a formal written report card, teachers meet with students and parents to conduct a reporting conference.  Through the use of student portfolios, parents are able to see a sample of student work in several learning areas and are able to look at their child’s progress over time.

Learn more at Reporting Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows Schools

Provincial assessment and reporting 

Elementary students in Grade 4 and Grade 7 will participate in the Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA), an annual assessment of students’ reading, writing and numeracy skills.

Learn more at Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) For Parents and Students

Assessment and reporting: Secondary

Classroom assessment and reporting

Classroom assessments are an integral part of the instructional process and can serve as meaningful sources of information about student learning. Feedback from ongoing assessment in the classroom can be immediate and personal for a learner and guide the learner to understand their misconceptions and use the information to set new learning goals.

Teachers will report on student progress five times per year with three eReport cards and two student-led conferences.

Provincial assessment and reporting

Graduation assessments are changing to align with the redesigned curriculum and international trends for large-scale assessments. As part of the updated graduation requirements, students in the B.C. Graduation Program will have to complete three provincial assessments. These assessments focus on the demonstration and application of numeracy and literacy.

Graduation Numeracy Assessment

The Graduation Numeracy Assessment (GNA) is a provincial assessment written in Grade 10. It is a graduation requirement. The GNA is based on mathematical concepts learned across multiple subjects from kindergarten to Grade 10, with an emphasis on K–9.

The GNA is not tied to a specific math course. Rather, it evaluates a student’s numeracy skills developed over the course of their education. Students will use five numeracy processes (different ways of thinking and working) to solve problems: interpret, apply, solve, analyze, and communicate.

Learn more at the provincial GNA webpage.

Graduation Literacy Assessments 

The new Graduation Literacy Assessments (GLA) are a graduation requirement and are written in Grade 10 (GLA 10) and Grade 12 (GLA 12).

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.

BC curriculum at work inside SD42 classrooms
What is SOGI?

We know that students do better in school when they feel accepted and like they belong in their school community. When students feel safe, they’re more likely to come to school everyday, to perform their best academically and overall to have a sense of well-being. 

SOGI-inclusive education means having conversations about diversity, and learning the importance of treating everyone with dignity and respect. Find out more about why this topic is important, check out what your child will be learning at school, and see how you can support this education at home: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/erase/sogi

Our vision
Our vision is for every individual to feel valued and for all learners to reach their potential.
Our mission
Our mission is to support all individuals in their development as successful learners, and as respectful, caring and responsible members of society.