Introduced 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 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.
The 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.
Personalized 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:
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 will be 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.
How has the curriculum been redesigned and how does this benefit student learning? We’ve highlighted some key features of the BC curriculum below:
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
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.
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.
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 two provincial assessments. These assessments focus on the demonstration and application of numeracy and literacy.
The Graduation Numeracy Assessment (GNA) is a provincial assessment written in Grade 10, 11 or 12. 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.
The new Graduation Literacy Assessments (GLA) are a graduation requirement and are written in Grade 10 (GLA 10) and Grade 12 (GLA 12).
Learn more about the GLA 10 at the provincial GLA 10 webpage.
Learn more about the GLA 12 at on the provincial GLA 12 webpage.
*Note: The first GLA 12 exam will be held in 2020-21
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.
Want to see the new curriculum at work? Here are just a few examples of how the redesigned curriculum is being implemented in Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows School District classrooms:
New curriculum at work in Gr. 8/9 math project at WSS
Eric Langton students participate in Traditional Aboriginal Games Day
Fine arts take centre stage at Golden Ears Elementary
SD42 Inquiry Program helps students hone their critical-thinking skills
Energy Challenge inspires students to think about sustainability