||Volume 17, Number 7, May/June 2005
Student progress report order now available
The revised ministerial order on reporting is now available on the ministry’s web site. Go to www.bced.gov.bc.ca/legislation/schoollaw/e.htm, and scroll down to the Student Progress Report Order.
Schedule I, the status quo, can be used until June 30, 2006, thus providing a year for implementation. Schedule 2 sets out the changes, the most significant of which are at Primary. The ministry made these changes to the ministerial order to bring policy into line with the provincial report-card templates released earlier.
The provincial report-card templates can be found at www.bced.gov.bc.ca/reportcards/templates.
The Federation, its locals and its provincial specialist associations argued against standardized provincial report cards and prevailed. The report-card formats are not mandatory; boards can still adopt their own report cards as long as they meet the requirements in the revised ministerial order. However, the increased emphasis on data collection, in particular BCeSIS, will likely promote boards to adopt the provincial templates.
Locals should ensure broad teacher input into local decisions about report-card formats. The BCTF and its B.C. Primary Teachers’ Association oppose the use of the optional standardized provincial report-card templates for Kindergarten and Primary.
– Anita Chapman