|2003/04 – 2005/06 SERVICE
Ministry of Education
am pleased to present the Ministry of Education’s 2003/04 –
2005/06 Service Plan.
This plan outlines how we are renewing the system to make sure
British Columbia’s students get the quality education they need
today to succeed tomorrow.
The ministry has two main goals: improving student achievement
and creating a high quality, performance-oriented education system.
We believe we can achieve these goals by providing more choice for
students and parents, increasing parental involvement, supporting
local decision-making and enhancing accountability at every level
across the system.
We’ve made tremendous progress. We are strengthening our graduation
requirements. We have amended the School Act so that students
will have the choice to attend any school in the province, as long
as there is space. We have also opened the classroom door to parents,
inviting them to become full partners in their children’s education.
Parents can get involved in School Planning Councils, which are
being formed at every public school in BC. For the first time ever,
we have enshrined class size limits in legislation. We have given
school boards more freedom to make decisions based on local priorities,
even while we hold those boards more accountable for student achievement.
However, recent results indicate that the current system does not
always adequately meet the needs of all students. Currently, one
in four students does not graduate from high school in a timely
manner. Only half of high school graduates recently surveyed believe
the system prepared them for life after Grade 12. Our students deserve
better. That is why our focus must remain on improving student achievement
and why we must work together to achieve our goals.
I am confident these changes have laid the foundation for a strengthened,
more responsive and more relevant education system, but we still
have more work to do. This service plan explains how we will establish
standards and monitor performance to ensure our students receive
a quality education with the knowledge and skills that will truly
prepare them for the future.
Honourable Christy Clark
Minister of Education