B.C.’s K-12 Assessment System

Assessment and curriculum are interconnected. Curriculum sets the learning standards that give focus to classroom instruction and assessment. Assessment involves the wide variety of methods or tools that educators use to identify student learning needs, measure competency acquisition, and evaluate students’ progress toward meeting provincial learning standards.

B.C.’s assessment system is being redesigned to align with the new curriculum. Assessment of all forms will support a more flexible, personalized approach to learning and measure deeper, complex thinking. B.C.’s educational assessment system strives to support student learning by providing timely, meaningful information on student learning through multiple forms of assessment. The assessment system has three programs:

The Ministry recognizes that the three assessment programs play a key role in B.C.’s educational context. These three programs work together to measure student learning and understanding of subject areas throughout their education experience.

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