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The Framework for Enhancing Student Learning Policy and accompanying Enhancing Student Learning Reporting Order came into effect September 1, 2020. This policy and order will hold boards of education more accountable and ensure student outcomes are the focus of their strategic and operational plans. We encourage parents/guardians to read both documents. 

Improve educational outcomes for all students
Boards of education will set, create and maintain a strategic plan, annually report on student outcomes and put systems in place to continuously improve the educational outcomes for all students and improve equity for Indigenous students, children and youth in care, and students with disabilities or diverse abilities.

Focus on The Educated Citizen
The preamble to the School Act and the Statement of Education Policy Order (Mandate for the School System) states, the purpose of the British Columbia school system is to enable all learners to become literate, to develop their individual potential and to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to contribute to a healthy, democratic and pluralistic society and a prosperous and sustainable economy. To achieve this purpose, we have a collective mandate to develop the Educated Citizen defined as the intellectual, human and social and career development of every student.

Enable through capacity building, strategic planning, coordinated implementation and reporting
In order to ensure a system-wide focus on continuously improving educational outcomes for all students, this policy specifies the responsibilities for the Ministry and boards of education with respect to strategic planning and reporting of educational outcomes. The policy also identifies ways that the Ministry, boards, Indigenous peoples and other education partners can contribute to improving educational outcomes in the K-12 education system.

This 2020-21 school year, school districts are implementing the policy and order and will provide a report on educational outcomes and the school district strategic plan to the Minister by September 30, 2021. The ministry will work with Boards of Education and school district leadership to build capacity by offering a range of services including:
• A virtual and high-caliber speaker series: Framework in Action
• Panel discussions with sector mentors and educational specialists
• Leadership learning groups for strategic planning and reporting this year

The Implementation Guide for the Framework for Enhancing Student Learning was developed to support Boards of Education to fulfil the responsibilities as outlined in the Policy and Order. The planning and reporting processes that school districts use to improve educational outcomes are integral to public assurance and accountability. The Guide is intended to share research-informed strategies and promising practices collected from the sector to build capacity. As part of a continuous improvement review cycle, the Ministry will update this document annually to include adapted strategies collected from the sector. In April 2021 the BCCPAC Board provided input and feedback on the Implementation Guide on behalf of members.

The Implementation Guide provides the policy requirements and guidelines for:

  • Development of district strategic plans
  • Alignment of district annual operational plans
  • Creation of the Enhancing Student Learning Report 
This policy and order come as a result of many discussion with the Ministry of Education and the education partners. BCCPAC continues to be an active participant throughout.