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Distributed Learning Trends, 2006–07 to 2015–16    

Enrolment in distributed learning (DL) programs

  • The number of students in distributed learning programs in public schools increased slightly in the years prior to 2009–10. Since that time, there has been a steady decrease with an overall downward trend in the number of students in DL programs in public schools in the past ten years.
  • In 2006–07, there were 6,908.6 FTE students in DL programs in public schools. In 2015–16, there were 6,363.3 FTE. This is a decrease of 545.3 FTE, or about 7.9%.
  • In comparison, the number of students in distributed learning programs in independent schools have more than tripled in the same ten-year period. In 2006–07, the number of students in DL programs in independent schools was less than 40% of that in public schools. By 2015–16, there were almost 20% more FTE students in DL programs in independent schools than public schools.
  • In 2006–07, there were 2,388.6 FTE students in DL programs in independent schools. By 2015–16, there were 7,575.3 FTE. This represents an increase of 217%.

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Source: Data BC Operations. (2016). BC Schools - Student Enrolment and FTE by Grade. Victoria: Government of British Columbia. Retrieved from catalogue.data.gov.bc.ca/dataset/ bc-schools-student-enrolment-and-fte-by-grade.

Funding for distributed learning programs in public schools

  • The per-FTE funding for distributed learning programs in public schools was frozen for most of the past ten years. In 2006–07 the funding was $5,830 per FTE. Between 2007–08 and 2014–15, the funding was frozen at $5,851. In 2015–16, it rose to $6,030 per FTE.
  • Because of the freeze in funding for eight of ten years, once adjusted for inflation, there has been a steady decline for funding for students in DL programs in public schools. After adjusting for inflation, in 2006–07, a FTE student in DL programs received $6,283 in funding. In 2015–16, a student received only $5,844. This is a decline of $439 per FTE, or about 7.0%.

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Source: BC Ministry of Education. (2007–16). (Various Years) Operating Grant Tables. Victoria:Government of British Columbia. Report for 2015–16 retrieved from www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/administration/resource-management/k-12-funding-and-allocation/operating-grants/k12funding-15-16.  

Funding for distributed learning programs in independent schools

  • The funding for Distributed Learning in independent schools in BC saw steady and significant increases between 2010–11 and 2015–16. In total, funding increased by 28,200,557 or about 91.3%.

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Source: BC Ministry of Education. Ministry of Education – Independent Schools Enrolment and Funding Data. Victoria: Government of British Columbia.  

  • Between 2010–11 and 2015–16 grants for distributed learning programs special education programs in independent schools steadily increased by a total of 17,843,200, an increase of 236.9%. The funding more than tripled in this six-year period.
  • In 2010–11, the grant for distributed learning special education made up only 24.4% of the total grant received by independent schools for distributed learning. By 2015–16, special education grant made up 43.0% of distributed learning grants.

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Source: BC Ministry of Education. Ministry of Education – Independent Schools Enrolment and Funding Data. Victoria: Government of British Columbia.

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