More students will be empowered to pursue the futures they want, with doors open to all post-secondary options, including apprenticeship, college, university, and the workplace.
One of the most significant changes during the 2022-2023 school year was the de-streaming of Grade 9 courses. This means that there will no longer be applied or academic courses. De-streaming is an educational approach that supports the achievement of equitable outcomes for every learner.
Students entering Grade 9 in September 2022 were enrolled in a single stream of compulsory courses. These include de-streamed Mathematics, de-streamed Science, Academic English, Academic Geography, Academic French, and Physical and Health Education. Students chose two elective courses for a total of eight credits in Grade 9.
Summer writing teams were formed to collaborate and create new resources for single stream classes which were shared with secondary educators prior to the beginning of the school year in the areas of Science, English, and Geography. Secondary Instructional Coaches in most secondary schools and the central program team provided professional learning and instructional coaching in schools.
De-streaming offers an opportunity to address systemic discrimination and barriers. Research indicates that there was an overrepresentation of particular groups based on race, socio-economic status and learning needs in the applied pathway. These groups included Indigenous, Black, and racialized students as well as those from lower socio-economic households, multilingual learners, and students with Individual Education Plans.