Provincial Changes to the Issuance of High School Completion Certificates sign now

Background
The Ministry of Education's will no longer issue a school completion certificate for students with special needs who follow modified curriculum and successfully complete all of the goals in their Individual Educational Plan (IEP). Instead, the Ministry is leaving it up to the local school districts to decide if they will issue a school completion certificate or not. Students who graduate from high school after successfully completing the regular curriculum will continue to receive a certificate (known as the Dogwood) from the Ministry of Education.


The Issue
The message sent is that some kids' efforts count and are "worthy" of recognition by the Ministry and others are not. The Ministry claims, in its policy documents, to "value the contributions of all students." This policy change devalues those students efforts. The new policy also seems to fly in the face of the Ministry's policies on inclusion by excluding these students from their credentialing process and leaving up to districts to arbitrarily decide whether or not to issue a certificate.

A further concern is the loss of accountability for these students, since the Ministry will no longer require that districts submit data regarding the graduation of such students to the Ministry.

Petition Statement
The Province of British Columbia School Graduation Certificate is an official and public statement acknowledging the efforts, and personal achievements of students who have proceeded through their public education and successfully completed the curriculum.

The Province of British Columbia School Completion Certificate is an official and public statement acknowledging the efforts, and personal achievements of students who have proceeded through their public education and successfully completed the modified curriculum.

While modified programs often have learning outcomes that differ from provincial graduation requirements, students with disabilities are entitled to have their hard work and accomplishments publicly acknowledged in the same manner as their peers and by the same official body, the Minister of Education, on behalf of the Province of British Columbia.

We request that the Ministry of Education not implement the 2004 Graduation Program Policy which goes into effect in 2007 and instead retains the 1995 Graduation Program Policy which provides guidelines for awarding the British Columbia Certificate of Graduation and the British Columbia School Completion Certificate by the British Columbia Ministry of Education.

(Details of the 1995 and 2004 policies are available at http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/policy/policies/student_credentials.htm)

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  • 11 January 20161000. Terry H
    is this goverment serious ? what message does this send......stupid!...
  • 11 January 2016999. Cindy M
    Oh & we can afford the OLYMPICS!!! This makes me SO ANGRY! You should see how hard our little guy works at school!
  • 27 December 2015998. G L
    I support this petition
  • 20 December 2015997. Jim S
    I support this petition
  • 15 December 2015996. Holly P
    I support this petition
  • 14 December 2015995. Kim O
    Postal Code v2g 4x7 kids need to feel a sense of accomplishment
  • 14 December 2015994. Susan S
    I support this petition
  • 10 December 2015993. Kurtis S
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  • 08 December 2015992. Allison H
    Postal Code V4M 2X8 I feel very strongly about this. We should value all students equally, and special needs students should receive their Dogwood Certificate if they have fulfilled the goals as set out in their IEP.
  • 26 November 2015991. Anda G
    I support this petition
  • 24 November 2015990. Amy C
    I support this petition
  • 17 November 2015989. Terri H
    I support this petition
  • 13 November 2015988. Tammy M
    So it does not seem to matter how hard it is for kids to accomplish this they will not give them the certificate to show them how well they have done. All I can say is unbelievable
  • 12 November 2015987. Doug O
    Postal Code V6K 2C5 В
  • 07 November 2015986. Patti P
    Postal Code V2B 5Z4 As an Early Childhood Educator who has been working with "Special Needs" children for a lot of years, I am confused that we would welcome any child to begin the education process with wonder and joy of learning , only to be stopped in
  • 07 November 2015985. Chris N
    Postal Code V3H 5L8 Please reinstate the Provincial acknowledgement of these students.
  • 03 November 2015984. Sophia L
    Postal Code V6N 2R9 Children with special needs do work hard on their programs, they deserve to be recognized!
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    Postal Code V2Y 3B8 And to think that I voted for these guys.
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