||Volume 19, Number 1, September 2006
Graduation portfolio update
In the middle of the summer, the ministry announced that during the 2006–07 school year, the graduation portfolio is not mandatory for Grade 12 students. Over the next few months, the Ministry of Education will consult with educators and students to see if the portfolio program is accomplishing what was intended.
Key implications for students, parents, and teachers:
- Grade 12 students who complete their portfolios receive four credits and can choose to have the percentage and letter grade reflected on their final transcripts.
- Grade 12 students who do not receive a percentage and letter grade for their portfolios during the 2006–07 school year will receive "Standing Granted" (SG) credit. SG does not carry a percentage or letter grade and does not affect a student’s grade point average. Students may receive standing granted either because they have not completed the portfolio or because they elect to have standing granted credit rather than a percentage and letter grade listed on their transcript.
- Schools may use the portfolio mark to calculate Grade 12 passport-award stamps.
- Schools should apply the Grade 10 and 11 passport award stamp criteria to students who have elected to use SG.
- Grade 10 and 11 students continue working on their portfolios as part of their graduation program requirements.
- The Ministry of Education will bring together educators and students to discuss the goals of the portfolio. This might include ways to improve the portfolio process or other strategies for meeting the portfolio goals.