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 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.
Personalized 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:
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.
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.
During the 2015/16 school year, Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows School District teachers introduced draft redesigned curriculum in kindergarten to Grade 9. As of September 2016, the new K-9 curriculum was officially in place.
During the 2017/18 school year, Grade 10-12 teachers were able to use either the old curriculum, or parts of the new draft curriculum.
In 2018/19, all schools will use the new Grade 10 curriculum and the Grades 11 & 12 curriculum will remain optional for trial use.
In 2019/20, all schools will use the new Grades 11 & 12 curriculum
Graduation assessments are changing to align with the new 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. They will focus on the demonstration and application of numeracy and literacy.
The Graduation Numeracy Assessment was introduced in the 2017/18 school year.
The Graduation Literacy Assessments are still under development and will be introduced in the 2019/20 school year (all Language Arts 12 examinations will continue until that time, and then be phased out in the process).
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.
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