KAMLOOPS — The president of the Kamloops Thompson Teachers' Association has given the Province top marks for delaying the implementation of the new Grade 11/12 curriculum by a year to September 2019.
"I think that's absolutely wonderful," Amanda Jensen told CFJC Today. "The Grade 11 and 12 curriculum isn't ready for rollout. There's still a lot of unknowns with the curriculum and we really applaud the government for putting it on hold and giving an opportunity to kind of look at it so the implementation is meaningful when it happens."
She says those unknowns are in regards to what assessment is going to look like for those in Grades 11 and 12.
"What is the expectation for teachers, what are the assessment practices going to be with regards to the curriculum?" asked Jensen.
The Ministry of Education says the additional year of transition is in response to feedback from educators in the K to 12 sector, along with post-secondary partners, who need to ensure alignment of the new Grade 10 to 12 curriculum with their admission processes and requirements.
The Grade 10 curriculum will be implemented as planned in September 2018, building on the implementation of the new K to 9 curriculum.
Overall, Jensen has been pleased with how that's gone.
"I think with anything new, there's a little bit of a shock, some concern to begin with. Some uneasiness about an kind of change," she says. "But teachers have come to really like the new curriculum because it allows students to be autonomous and to learn what's important to them and also to be able to show their learning in ways they haven't been able to."
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