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Watch our videos to learn more about changes to our curriculum. Check out all the videos in our video series to see what these changes will look like in our schools

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Changes to Yukon’s curriculum

B.C. has redesigned its curriculum. Yukon schools follow the British Columbia curriculum. We will adapt it to include Yukon content and Yukon First Nations' ways of knowing and doing in all grades.

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Timeline: when to expect these changes

The curriculum changes are being introduced over the next few years. Grade 10 classes start using the new curriculum in the 2018-19 school year.

2017-18
  • Start of curriculum changes for Kindergarten to Grade 9 in September 2017
  • Students write Grade 4 and 7 YFSAs in fall 2017
  • New B.C. numeracy exam was offered in June 2018

2018-19

  • Start of curriculum changes for Grade 10 in September 2018

2019-20

  • Start of curriculum changes for Grades 11-12 in September 2019
  • New B.C. literacy exam expected to be available in January 2020

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Report cards and assessments

As part of the overall curriculum changes, we need to update how we assess and report on student learning. For example, we need to report based on the new curriculum’s learning standards. A new Interim Guide on Student Assessment  outlines changes to student assessment. Schools started using this guide starting in the 2017-18 and will continue in the 2018-19 school years.

Students will continue to do many of the same assessments of reading, writing and math. Examples include

Each grade has performance standards. Students will continue to do assignments, projects, tests and exams to show their progress. They will still get marks and report cards. In high school, students still write exams. Some exams will be in class.

You can read about what some Yukoners thought about the changes to assessment on the Government of Yukon's public engagement website.

These changes include:

  • ongoing feedback through one-on-one conversations with parents and students;
  • using examples of student work to show learning progress to parents and students, including strengths and areas for improvement;
  • basing report cards on recent and consistent work to best reflect students’ understanding and learning progress;
  • providing performance descriptions, which give more thorough information and show how students are learning to assess their strengths and areas for improvement. Schools are providing parents with a table of matching letter grades for Grades 4-9.

Students in Grades 4-9 started receiving performance report cards during the 2017-18 school year. Check out the video to learn more. The video is also available with French subtitles. Talk to your school for more information about how your school is assessing and reporting on student progress. 
 

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Graduation requirements

Yukon high school diplomas and courses will continue to meet postsecondary entrance requirements.

Highlights of new graduation requirements:

  • The same courses and credits are required in order to graduate. How they are taught will look a bit different.
  • Two new required provincial exams: one for literacy and one for numeracy. These exams will be skills-based rather than course-based. They replace the five required B.C. Provincial Exams (BCPEs) that were based on specific courses.

There will be an overlap period between the old graduation program and the new one. Check with your school if you have questions about how these changes apply to your student’s plans. 

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B.C.’s curriculum

Find out more about what your child will learn in school at the B.C. Ministry of Education’s curriculum web page. The information is available in English and French. You can search the B.C. Curriculum by grade level and by subject to find out what students are expected to learn for each grade.

The curriculum includes:

  • Learning standards (what students should learn)
  • Foundations skills (literacy and numeracy)
  • Core competencies (the general skills your child is developing)
  • Big ideas (the concepts and themes for that grade/subject)
  • Curricular competencies (the specific skills your child is developing)
  • Assessment and reporting information (Yukon is revising its guidelines)
  • Other resources (sample projects/units, Indigenous perspectives, etc.)

This diagram explains what you will find when you read the Kindergarten to Grade 9 curriculum and the draft Grades 10 to 12 curriculum on the B.C. curriculum website.

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Research about curriculum

These changes to the curriculum are based on research and good practices happening across Canada and all over the world. More and more places are taking a student-centered approach to learning and focusing on skills development.

Want to know more about curriculum research? B.C. has published a summary of curriculum and assessment references.

Highlights of the redesigned curriculum:

  • Continues to have high academic standards
  • Develops essential skills 
    • literacy (reading, writing, speaking)
    • numeracy (math, problem solving)
    • communication
    • thinking
    • personal-social skills
  • Hands-on learning, finance and career education in all grades
  • Yukon content and Yukon First Nations’ ways of knowing and doing in all grades

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Share your feedback

We welcome your feedback on these changes as we move forward.

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Projects and resources in schools

If you want to share a community project, presentation or resource material in a Yukon school, first read the Agencies in the Schools Policy and approval guidelines and application form .

Applications for Grades K to 10 

Applications for Grades 11 to 12 

Submit your application to curriculum@gov.yk.ca or

Learning Support Services
Department of Education
1000 Lewes Boulevard
Box 2703
Whitehorse, Yukon
Canada Y1A 2C6

If you have questions about our policy or guidelines, or you need help filling out the form, call Lisa Keenan at 867-667-5609, or 1-800-661-0408 extension 5609, or email curriculum@gov.yk.ca.

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Curriculum and Assessment

Department of Education
1000 Lewes Boulevard
Box 2703
Whitehorse, Yukon
Canada Y1A 2C6
Phone: 867-667-5609
Toll free (In Yukon): 1-800-661-0408, ext. 5609
867-393-6339
Email: curriculum@gov.yk.ca

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