Path to Graduation Info

Transitioning from the 2004 Graduation Program to the 2018 Graduation Program

In 2011/12, the Ministry of Education consulted with educators, parents and students throughout the province about the current state of curriculum, assessments and the graduation program. The overwhelming response was a desire and need for updates to the education system to better prepare students for opportunities and challenges in today’s world.

Since then, the Ministry of Education – in consultation with stakeholders – has been working on modernizing curriculum, assessment and the graduation program. The focus of this work is to provide students with an education that is flexible and innovative.

Graduation assessments will concentrate on literacy and numeracy. They will continue to be rigorous and of high technical quality, based on essential learning standards and Core Competencies, and effectively evaluate student achievement. However, more choice and engaging formats will be introduced into the assessment process wherever possible.

Only modest changes to the graduation credit requirements will be made for now to allow schools to adjust to the new curriculum and new provincial assessments:

  • The new numeracy assessment will be introduced in January 2018
  • The new literacy assessment will be introduced in January 2020
  • The new Grade 10 curriculum will take effect in all B.C. schools July 1, 2018
    • The Grade 10 curriculum will be finalized and available by April 2018
  • The new Grades 11 & 12 curriculum will take effect in all B.C. schools July 1, 2019
    • The Grades 11 and 12 curriculum will be finalized and available by June 30, 2018.
    • The finalized grades 11 and 12 curriculum will be available for teachers to explore and try out in 2018/19

The Ministry is currently in discussion with education partners and post-secondary institutions regarding further possible changes to the graduation program.

Changes to Assessment

Course-based provincial exams are being replaced by Numeracy and Literacy assessments. This move was based on consultation with the Advisory Group on Provincial Assessment. The Ministry is developing classroom assessment materials to support educators.

The new numeracy assessment measures application of numeracy skills across the curriculum. Detailed information about the numeracy assessment can be found under Graduation Assessments

There will be a managed implementation of the numeracy assessment, starting with a subset of students writing in January 2018. Students on the 2018 Graduation Program who do not write in January will have the opportunity to write in June or a subsequent school year.
The first administration of the new literacy assessment will be in January 2020. As the literacy assessment is introduced, Language Arts provincial exams will be phased out. Until then, there are no changes to the Language Arts 12 group of provincial exams.
For the 2017/18 and 2018/19 school years, the Language Arts 12 group of provincial exams will run as scheduled and align with the current (soon to be outgoing) curriculum. They will continue to account for 40% of the final course mark.

The 2017/18 Graduation Assessment schedule is available on the Ministry website.

Changes to assessments described above also apply to French Immersion and the Programme francophone.

Transitioning to the 2018 Graduation Program – how will this affect students?


The key differences for students between the current (2004) Graduation Program and the new 2018 Graduation Program are new curricula and new provincial assessments.

There will be a transition period as the new 2018 Graduation Program is introduced and some overlap to accommodate students progressing under a number of different scenarios.

Students graduating in the 2017/18 school year will not need to write the numeracy assessment as it is not a graduation requirement for their graduation program (they took the Math 10 provincial exam).  

For students entering Grades 10-12 in the 2017/2018 school year:

  • Grade 10 students will:
    • Follow the 2018 Graduation Program requirements and take Planning 10*
    • Write the Numeracy and Literacy Assessments before graduation.
  • Grade 11 students will:
    • Follow the 2018 Graduation Program requirements and take Planning 10*
    • Write the Numeracy Assessment before graduation
    • Write a LA12 provincial exam before graduation
  • Grade 12 students will:
    • Finish all the 2004 Graduation Program requirements
    • Have completed a Math 10, a Language Arts 10, a Science 10 and have written associated provincial exams
    • Take a Language Arts 12 course and write the associated provincial exam
    • Not write the new Numeracy or Literacy Assessments


*For the 2017/18 school year, students will continue to take Planning 10, as the new curriculum will not be implemented until the 2018/19 school year. Planning 10 will satisfy one of the two required Career Education courses in the 2018 Graduation program.

Français langue première 10, Français langue première 12 and Français langue seconde immersion 12, provincial exam changes will be the same as their equivalents above.

Graduation Requirements for 2018/2019

Students entering Grade 12 after June 2018 will be the first students to graduate from the 2018 Graduation Program. To graduate, students will require 80 credits total.

Adult Dogwood

Provincial policies supporting students to achieve the Adult Dogwood have not changed.

Adult students have not been required to write provincial assessments, and this will not change.