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 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
  • 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 retired, the new Graduation Numeracy Assessment and Graduation Literacy Assessment are being introduced and science and socials are now fully assessed 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 the application of numeracy across the curriculum.

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. 

Detailed information about the Numeracy Assessment, including a sample assessment, can be found under Graduation Assessments.

The new Literacy Assessment measures the application of literacy across the curriculum. The first administration of the new literacy assessment will be in January 2020.

The Language Arts 12 exams will be phased out as the Literacy Assessment is introduced. Until the Literacy Assessment is fully implemented in the 2019/20 school year, the Language Arts 12 exam will remain in place and will continue to be 40% of the final, blended mark for Language Arts 12 courses.

Students graduating in the 2018/19 school year will take a Language Arts 12 course and associated provincial exam to satisfy graduation requirements for the 2018 Graduation Program.

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?

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

  • Students in Grade 10 in 2017/18 will:
    • Follow the 2018 Graduation Program requirements
    • Write the 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 Numeracy Assessment is being introduced in 2017/18; the Literacy Assessment is being introduced in 2019/20.
  • Students in Grade 11 in 2017/18 will:
    • Follow the 2018 Graduation Program requirements
    • Write the Numeracy Assessment before graduation (unless they have completed a Math 10 provincial exam, in which case that would satisfy the Numeracy Assessment requirement). The Numeracy Assessment is being introduced in 2017/18.
    • 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 
    • Not write the new 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 for 2018/2019

Students graduating after June 30, 2018 will be on 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.