Graduation Assessments

Graduation assessments are changing to align with the new curriculum. As part of the updated graduation requirements, students in the 2018 Graduation Program will have to complete two* provincial assessments. They will focus on the demonstration and application of numeracy and literacy.  

The numeracy assessment will be introduced in the 2017/18 school year.

The literacy assessment will be introduced in the 2018/19 school year (all Language Arts 12 examinations will continue until that time, and then be phased out in the process). See provincial exam transition and graduation details.

A sample numeracy assessment is posted in the numeracy resource section below. The literacy assessment is still under development. 

*Francophone and French Immersion students will complete literacy assessments in both French and English. 

Numeracy assessment – how will it work?

There will be a managed implementation of the numeracy assessment starting with a subset of students writing in January 2018. The Ministry has invited schools to volunteer by October 10 and will confirm participation by October 23. Students in the 2018 Graduation Program who do not write in January will have the opportunity to write in June or August 2018 or a subsequent school year.

The assessment will include several components: pre-assessment activities; sections required by all students; extensive constructed response questions; and a self-reflection component. Students will complete the assessment using a computer, plus paper response sheets for the hand-written components. Find a sample in the resource section below.

Understanding how the components will work:

Pre-assessment activities

  • Preparing for the assessment and 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 numeracy assessment in 2017/18, and then available year-round.

Assessment day

  • Questions required by all students – The student will answer 24 questions online.
  • Extensive constructed response questions – The student will choose two of four in-depth questions to answer. The questions will be displayed on the computer screen. The student will show their work and solution on a paper response sheet.
  • 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.

Numeracy assessment resources

The resources below are to support teachers and administrators. Students and parents will be most interested in the sample and student exemplars.


September 2017: Sample Assessment  The sample will give students and teachers a chance to try a version of the assessment so they may familiarize themselves with the new model.

Please note – Individual students may see a difference between classroom marks and provincial assessment proficiency scores as they are different measures of performance. Classroom assessments measure performance on all curricular outcomes in a course, whereas provincial assessments evaluate performance on the application of cross-curricular understandings in numeracy and literacy. Additionally, some students perform better on classroom measures and others on provincial assessments.

September 2017: Numeracy Scoring Guide and Student Exemplars – This is a guide for markers. It includes the scoring rubric and sample student responses to the in-depth questions.

September 2017: Numeracy Assessment Administration Guide, Part 1 – technical specifications, pre-assessment day planning tips, support resources and key Ministry of Education contacts. A more detailed guide will be released in the fall.

September  2017: FINAL Graduation Numeracy Assessment: Design Specifications final specifications for the graduation numeracy assessment and explanation of how numeracy will be measured.

January 2018: First Administration – The assessment schedule for the 2017/18 school year is available online.

 


Literacy Assessment – how will it work?

The literacy assessment will be introduced in the 2018/19 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 2018/19, 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.

August 2017: DRAFT Graduation Literacy Assessment Structure – 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