Path to Graduation Info

Transitioning from the 2004 Graduation Program to the New 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.

In the immediate future, no changes to the overall graduation credit requirements will be made, while schools adjust to the new curriculum and new provincial assessments.
 
For full details about the new Graduation Program: B.C. Graduation Program Implementation Guide.

Highlights of the New Graduation Program

Changes to Curriculum

  • 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 & 12 curriculum will be finalized and available by June 30, 2018
    • The finalized Grades 11 & 12 curriculum will be available for teachers to explore and try out in 2018/19 (under the existing course codes).

Changes to Assessment

Provincial Graduation Assessments
 
Two new provincial graduation assessments are being introduced to ensure alignment with the redesigned curriculum. The assessments provide system-level information (schools, districts, province) about student performance in literacy and numeracy, and communicate feedback to students regarding their proficiency in numeracy and literacy.
 
A significant change is that the new assessments are not “tied” to a course nor are scores blended with classroom courses. All courses are fully assessed in the classroom
  • The new Numeracy Assessment was introduced in 2018
    • January 2018 - managed implementation with small subset of students
    • June and August 2018 - full provincial implementation
  • The new Literacy Assessment will be introduced in January 2020

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

  • Students in Grade 10 in 2017/18 will:
    • Follow the new Graduation Program requirements
    • Write the Graduation Numeracy and Literacy Assessments before graduation (unless they have completed a Math 10 or LA 12 provincial exam, in which case that provincial exam would satisfy the Numeracy Assessment or Literacy Assessment requirement, respectively). The Graduation Numeracy Assessment was introduced in 2018; the Graduation Literacy Assessment will be introduced in 2019/20
  • Students in Grade 11 in 2017/18 will:
    • Follow the new Graduation Program requirements
    • Write the Graduation Numeracy Assessment before graduation (unless they have written a Math 10 provincial exam, in which case that would satisfy the Numeracy Assessment requirement). The Graduation Numeracy Assessment was introduced in 2018
    • Take a Language Arts 12 course and write the associated provincial exam
  • Students in Grade 12 in 2017/18 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 
    • Will not write the new Graduation Numeracy or Literacy Assessments

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.

*Note: Students on the 2004 Graduation Program who completed a Math 10, Language Arts 10 or Science 10 course after June 2016 will have satisfied the associated graduation requirements by finishing the course. They will not have to write associated provincial exams, as those exams were retired as of June 30, 2016.

Graduation Requirements

Students graduating after June 30, 2018 are on the new Graduation Program and are required to obtain at least 80 credits total (52 required course credits + 28 elective credits). The number of credits required to graduate has not changed.

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.