Learning Innovations. In Defence Of Provincial Exams And Content-Driven Curriculum As many people have heard, the British Columbia Ministry of Education has decided to eliminate all but two of the provincial exams (Math and Writing Skills).
This is a continuation of the process that began with the elimination of the Grade 12 science exams in 2011. This elimination of the provincial exams is part of an ongoing process to modernize the education curriculum. As a parent of three young children, and a practising scientist, I have some strong opinions about the direction of our education system and at this point I believe that we are heading in the wrong direction. Don't get me wrong, I do not hearken back to the bad old days when students were taught by rote. But neither do I agree with the modern phenomena that emphasizes multiple strategies and processes to answer questions. Building Student Success - BC's New Curriculum. The core competencies along with literacy and numeracy foundations and essential content and concepts are at the centre of the redesign of curriculum and assessment.
Core competencies are sets of intellectual, personal, and social and emotional proficiencies that all students need to develop in order to engage in deep learning and life-long learning. Through provincial consultation, three core competencies were identified Core competencies are evident in every area of learning; however, they manifest themselves uniquely in each discipline.
In the current drafts of the redesigned curricula, competencies are embedded and evident within the learning standards. Competencies come into play when students are engaged in “doing” in any area of learning. Building Student Success - BC's New Curriculum. Building Student Success - BC's New Curriculum. Core Competencies All (2)