BC Core Curriculum Changes – Dropping Some Provincial Exams

Victoria – Connecting students with the skills they need to succeed in our changing world is the priority for British Columbia’s new curriculum. Education Minister Mike Bernier announced today changes are coming to B.C.’s education system to boost that connection.

Designed by teachers, B.C.’s new curriculum will teach students the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic in a way that connects them to collaboration, communication, and critical thinking skills they will need to succeed after high school. New curriculum will be fully implemented in the K-to-9 years this fall, and will be available in draft for teachers to use for grades 10 to 12 at the same time.

With redesigned curriculum being implemented, we need to ensure how we measure student success keeps pace. That’s why changes are starting this coming school year to our assessment practices, reporting and graduation program. Key changes include:

  • Provincial exams: Previous five exams replaced with assessments of the core math and literacy skills that are the foundation for all subjects. During their graduation program years, students will write provincial exams of both math skills and literacy.
  • Classroom assessment: Student progress in subjects like science, social studies, and language arts will be assessed in the classroom.
  • Report cards: From late June to October, parents will be consulted on what they want to know about their child’s progress and how they want to get that information.
  • Career Education: Starting in the 2017-18 school year, students will take this course to graduate. What they learn will show them the link between the classroom and their opportunities in life.

As well, post-secondary institutions in B.C. and outside the province have been consulted about the new curriculum – and the changes will improve the seamless path for students headed to university, college and trades training.

As British Columbia enters Year Two of the three-year transition to new curriculum, B.C. is building on some of the best student outcomes in the world to make them better. The new curriculum fits in with the key goals of B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint to re-engineer education to ensure young people have the skills they need for in-demand careers.

Parents, grandparents and guardians can check out the entire new curriculum – by grade, by subject, as well as assessment and graduation – online: https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/

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