Literacy Assessment

How Will it Work?

The literacy assessment will be introduced in the 2019/20 school year (all Language Arts 12 examinations will continue until that time, and then be phased out in the process).

The literacy assessment is under development. It will include several components: pre-assessment activities; an essential question aspect; a section required by all students; a student choice piece; and a self-reflection component. Further details will be shared as the assessment is developed and finalized.

Understanding how the components will work (a preview):

Pre-assessment activities

  • Preparing for the assessment & activating student thinking – The Ministry of Education will post a series of resources so students and teachers can become familiar with how the assessment works ahead of time. These resources will be posted in advance of the first literacy assessment in 2019/20, and then available year-round.

Assessment day

  • Essential Question – To prime a student’s thinking for the assessment, they will be presented with an “essential question” to consider. They will find this essential question shaping the rest of the assessment.
  • Required by all  includes various readings and questions to which all students must respond. The texts represent a variety of sources, from graphics and webpages, to news articles and reports. Materials presented connect to the “essential question.”
  • Student choice (student chooses from one of two options) – allows students to deepen their thinking and analysis around the “essential question.”
  • Self-reflection component – The student will respond to a series of questions online prompting them to reflect on the assessment and their experience with it.

More questions? Try the Grad Assessment Q&As.

Literacy Assessment Resources

The literacy assessment is still under development. Resources for teachers and administrators will be posted below as they become available. Students and parents will be most interested in the future sample assessment and student exemplars.

September 2017: DRAFT Graduation Literacy Assessment Structure (PDF) – Here you will find an early draft of the literacy assessment structure that illustrates the key components of the assessment and how these components will work together. The model was co-designed by British Columbia educators working with the Ministry of Education. The model demonstrates how the assessment will include several components: pre-assessment activities; an essential question aspect; a section required by all students; a student choice component; and a self-reflection component. Some preliminary weightings and suggested times are also provided. Similar assessment structures are under development for francophone and French Immersion literacy assessments, although these will also include speaking and listening components.

Additional Resources for Administrators