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Core Competencies


What are the Core Competencies?

The Core Competencies are sets of intellectual, personal, social and emotional skills that all students enhance and develop  to engage in deep and meaningful learning.The three Core Competencies of Thinking, Communicating and Personal and Social Responsibility are at the centre of British Columbia's curriculum and assessment and are referenced on a daily basis in classrooms. The competencies are not taught independently; they are integrated into teachers' lessons and assignments. The Core Competencies are regularly embedded within the Big Ideas and concepts in all curricular areas which allows students to develop and connect these key skills across all subjects.


How is student progress assessed on the Core Competencies?

Students have opportunities throughout the year to self-assess and describe who they are as learners, document their progress, and share their accomplishments in a holistic manner. Through this ongoing process, students develop their ability to reflect, set goals, identify their strengths and areas for improvement, and gain greater responsibility and ownership of and for their learning. Self-assessment  and reflection of the Core Competencies brings together learning in a way that profiles the uniqueness and individuality of each learner.

Teachers support students' understanding of themselves as communicators, thinkers, and personally aware and socially responsible citizens by consistently noticing, naming, and nurturing the Core Competencies and connecting them to what the students  are learning. Students work on self-assessment of the Core Competencies throughout the year.These competencies are integrated into lessons on a daily basis and are embedded in the big ideas in all curricular areas.

The year-end student self-assessment does not require teachers to evaluate students in relation to the Core Competencies, as it is created by the students. Students, teachers, and schools have flexibility and choice in the format of the year-end self-assessment, ensuring that it is meaningful and age appropriate.On the self- assessment, students describe themselves in relation to the Core Competencies and set goals. Students describe who they are as learners, document their progress, and share their accomplishments. Self-assessment of the Core Competencies brings together learning in a way that profiles the uniqueness and individuality of each learner.

In late May/early June, parents receive an email with instructions on how to access their child's self-assessment on the Portal. The year-end report card will also include a comment that acknowledges the student has completed the required self-assessment of the Core Competencies. We encourage families to review the self-assessment with their student, focusing on their accomplishments and future goals.

For more information about the Core Competencies, please visit: https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/competencies.

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