Alberta Education seeks more public feedback on curriculum overhaul
The Alberta government is asking the public for more input on early proposals for a new K-12 school curriculum.
On Monday, Alberta Education posted a second online survey seeking feedback from parents, teachers and the public on draft proposals outlining what material should be covered in each school subject, and in what order and grade.
The results of the government's first survey, posted online last fall, found Albertans wanted schools to focus more on literacy and math skills, financial literacy, career preparation and the environment.
The province is in the midst of the most comprehensive K-12 school curriculum overhaul it has yet attempted. All subjects and all grades are under review and will be re-written simultaneously in English and French.
More than 300 volunteers with expertise in six subject areas have worked throughout the winter to brainstorm what topics should be included, and in what order. The education jargon for this work is called "scope and sequence."
The survey asks the public to look at scope and sequence charts and decide whether they'll help students develop basic skills, improve critical thinking and learn to appreciate a variety of perspectives, among other questions.
A second part of the survey asks the public for feedback on an introduction and overview written for each subject area. The survey will be open online until June 2.
The government said it will use the survey results as it develops "learning outcomes" for each subject, starting this fall. An outcome is something a student should understand or be able to demonstrate once the school year is complete.
The ministry aims to have the kindergarten to Grade 4 curriculum written by December 2018, Grades 5-9 done by 2019, and different Grade 9-12 subjects done between 2020 and 2022. Officials don’t yet know when it will hit classrooms.