Path to Graduation Info

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:

  • A new numeracy assessment will be introduced in January 2018.
  • A new literacy assessment will be introduced in January 2019.
  • The new Grade 10-12 curriculum will take effect July 1, 2018. It is currently available in draft for a second year of trial and feedback during the 2017/2018 school year.

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

Changes to Assessment

Language Arts and Mathematics exams are being replaced by Numeracy and Literacy assessments.  Science and Social Studies exams have been discontinued and these areas are now assessed fully in the classroom. 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. The first administration of the numeracy assessment will be in January 2018.

The first administration of the new literacy assessment will be the following year, in January 2019. 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 school year, 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.

How will this affect students?

Generally:

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.

For example, any courses that meet 2004 Graduation Program requirements and are completed before July 1, 2018 will also satisfy 2018 Graduation Program requirements. 

Also students will complete EITHER a Math 10 provincial exam OR the Numeracy Assessment, and EITHER a Language Arts 12 provincial exam OR the Literacy Assessment. This will be based on when they completed their courses during their Grade 10-12 years. Students should consult with their school counsellors for personalized information about their path to graduation.

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:
    • Write the Numeracy and Literacy Assessments 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 (or equivalent) 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 in 2018 will be the first students to graduate from the 2018 Graduation Program. To graduate, students will require 80 credits total – with a minimum of 16 at the grade 12 level, and 28 elective course credits. 52 credits are required from the following:
  • Two Career Education courses (8 credits total) (replaces Planning 10 and Graduation Transitions)
  • Physical and Health Education 10 (4 credits)
  • Science 10 (4 credits), and a Science 11 or 12 (4 credits)
  • Social Studies 10 (4 credits), and a Social Studies 11 or 12 (4 credits)
  • A Math 10 (4 credits), and a Math 11 or 12 (4 credits)
  • A Language Arts 10, 11 & 12 (12 credits)
  • An Arts Education 10, 11, or 12 and/or an Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies 10, 11, or 12 (4 credits)

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.