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Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA tests)
Teachers are again asking parents to request that their children in Grades 4 and 7 be excused from the FSA tests, administered in January and February to students across BC. Please go to bctf.ca/fsa.aspx for the BCTF’s withdrawal letter, information sheet, and more information. Again this year, the Vancouver School Board is sending a letter to parents that respects their right to request that their children be excused from this testing.

Teachers call on government to fully fund provincial obligations
In its written submission to the BC Legislative Assembly’s Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services, the BCTF put forward five key recommendations to ensure the government meets its provincial obligations under the new provincially negotiated collective agreement and improves overall funding to help teachers meet the needs of students. The BCTF’s full education funding brief can be accessed online.

From BCeSIS to MyEducation BC—a look at critical issues
The ministry has adopted MyEducation BC as the new student information system for BC schools to replace BCeSIS. New technologies always raise issues—from implementation and support to privacy in the era of “Big data.” This Powerpoint frames some of these issues.

Education Plan or ‘Re-engineering?’ Which way is BC’s K-12 system heading?
A BCTF research report considers possible future directions for BC’s K-12 public schools with reference to a range of recent government reports, exploring the question ‘Why do we educate?’

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