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The New Grade 10 Graduation Assessments

Dear Parent/Guardian(s) of MSS Grade 10 Students,

Your child is scheduled to write the Graduation Literacy Assessment 10 and the Graduation Numeracy Assessment 10 exams at MSS from January 20-24th, 2020.

Graduation assessments are changing to align with the new BC curriculum. As part of the updated graduation requirements, students in the B.C. Graduation Program will have to complete three provincial assessments. They will focus on the demonstration and application of numeracy and literacy:

  • Literacy Assessment 10 – Grade 10 graduation requirement (starting in January 2020)

  • Literacy Assessment 12 – Grade 12 graduation requirement starting in 2020/21 (no grade 12 literacy exam required in 2019/2020

  • Numeracy Assessment 10 – Grade 10 graduation requirement (starting in January 2020)

  • Please note: French Immersion students are required to write another graduation assessment, Évaluation de littératie, starting in 2020/2021

What is Graduation Literacy Assessment (GLA) 10?

The Grade 10 Graduation Literacy Assessment (GLA 10) assesses students’ ability to use critical thinking and analysis to make meaning from a diverse array of texts. It also assesses the ability of students to communicate their ideas. GLA 10 is not based on a particular course but on learning across multiple subjects, from kindergarten to Grade 10. GLA 10 is delivered online and has three parts:

  • Part A (all students complete this part): Students will read several different types of texts (e.g. blogs, infographics, newspaper or magazine articles, social media feeds, and stories). Students will demonstrate that they can analyze and make meaning from the texts by answering a series of selected-response questions. They will then provide written responses to communicate their understanding.

  • Part B (students choose one of two options): After choosing one option, students will read a new set of texts. Again, they will demonstrate that they can analyze and make meaning of the texts by answering selected-response questions. They will then provide written responses to communicate personal connections.

  • Self-reflection component: These questions ask students to reflect on their experience with the assessment. This component is not marked.

What is Graduation Numeracy Assessment (GNA) 10?

The Grade 10 Graduation Numeracy Assessment (GNA 10) is a provincial assessment that assesses student proficiency in numeracy. It is a graduation requirement that students will take in their Grade 10 year. GNA 10 focuses on the application of mathematical concepts learned across multiple subjects from kindergarten to Grade 10. GNA 10 requires students to solve problems by using five numeracy processes (different ways of thinking and working): interpret, apply, solve, analyze and communicate. The assessment is delivered online and consists of the following sections:

  • Common section: 24 questions, centred on four different tasks (situations) completed online by all students. Questions are scored by computer.

  • Student-choice section: Two written-response questions completed on paper based on tasks the student will have completed earlier in the common section. Students will present detailed solutions to a problem using all the numeracy processes and support their thinking with explanations and assumptions. Students will choose 2 of 4 available questions.

  • Self-reflection section: These questions ask students to reflect on their experience after they have completed the previous sections. The process of reflection is part of their learning. Questions are not scored.

How can I help my child prepare?

Reporting Results

Provincial graduation assessments use a four-level proficiency scale for reporting student achievement results. Students receive an overall score based on their responses and these results are placed in one of four levels on the Proficiency Scale. The Grade 10 Graduation Literacy Assessment results will be reported on students’ transcripts with a “requirement met” indicator only. The GLA10 assessment results are intended to be used in a formative way leading to the Grade 12 Literacy Assessment.

More Information?

For more information, please visit BC’s New Curriculum website at www.curriculum.gov.bc.ca or contact us via email at Lia Larson or Brandon Sambrook.

Sincerely,

Lia Larson & Brandon Sambrook
Merritt Secondary School
Enhancing Learning Teachers

Source:

Province of British Columbia. (2019, November 5). Provincial Assessment. Retrieved from BC’s New Curriculum: https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/provincial-assessment