With all the changes in this district, it’s important not to lose sight of the changes going on with the basic curriculum for all students across the province.
The Chilliwack District Parent Advisory Council and the BC Teachers’ Federation is holding an information night for parents. The objectives of this parent workshop are to create a better undertanding of the revised curriculum, to compare the past curriculum with the revised curriculum, and to highlight ways parents can support their child.
The Ministry of Education has been rolling out changes to curriculum over the past few years, focusing on core competencies, new styles of assessment, personal learning, and engaging students in more hands-on learning.
The K through Grade 9 curriculum was implemented in 2016/17, but the timeline for older students nearing graduation has been extended. This will affect high school students, who are working toward graduation requirements.
Rob Fleming, Minister of Education, announced on Nov. 2 that they are giving students an extra year to “ensure teachers have what they need to support students as they develop the skills they need to transition smoothly to the post-secondary institutions and jobs of their choice.”
The Grade 11 and 12 curriculum will now be fully implemented in September 2019, one year later than previously planned. The Grade 10 curriculum will still be implemented in September 2018.
The new curriculum includes two new graduation assessments, one for literacy and one for numeracy. The literacy assessment is being bumped to 2020, with the numeracy assessment beginning in January 2018 as part of a staged roll-out.
To learn more about this and other changes to the curriculum across all grades, plan to attend the presentation on Thursday, Nov. 30, at the Neighbourhood Learning Centre beside Chilliwack secondary school at 46377 Yale Road.
The event takes place from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Parents can RSVP through Eventbrite, “So We Have a Revised Curriculum: What does this mean for my child?”
To learn more about the new curriculum online, visit curriculum.gov.bc.ca. The Ministry has also created a video to explain core competencies.