Draft K-4 Curriculum Approved for Field Testing

Posted on 12/14/2018
This is the image for the news article titled (December 14, 2018) Today I signed off on our draft Kindergarten to Grade 4 (K–4) curriculum for field testing. This is a significant milestone for education in Alberta, and it helps us to fulfill our promise to develop and deliver a modernized K–4 provincial curriculum in a timely manner. I am proud to be working with the Alberta Teachers’ Association and with trustees, school and system leaders, school councils and other education stakeholders on this important work. 

The curriculum implementation working group and advisory committee have begun to meet and will continue their work in 2019. In the first few months of 2019, Alberta Education will be focused on working with all of our education partners to make the necessary preparations to inform all aspects of implementation including research and data gathering, resource development, professional development and finalizing plans for field testing for the 2019-2020 school year.

Field testing future curriculum is an important part of our development process because it helps to ensure that what looks good on paper also makes sense in the classroom. Through field testing, educators will be able to provide feedback on the strengths and gaps of the draft K¬–4 curriculum. This work is essential as we further refine the draft curriculum and move to approve curriculum for provincial implementation. 

We are working with the Alberta Teachers’ Association and with our implementation working group and advisory committee to determine what field testing and implementation of Alberta’s new curriculum will look like. I can assure you that field testing will occur in settings that reflect the diversity of Alberta’s students and classroom contexts, and that plans for field testing will be informed by research and by the perspectives of teachers, school and system leaders, trustees, school councils, and Albertans. More specific details on what field testing will look like will be shared in 2019. Our implementation plan is founded on the understanding that we will implement curriculum when teachers are prepared, when school authorities are ready, and when we know we have the right curriculum.

I want to thank you for your input into this work. We are developing a curriculum that will prepare all students to build a bright future for themselves and for the province as a whole. Your insights, input, and hard work have been instrumental to the success of this work so far, and I look forward to that work continuing as we prepare for field testing and implementation of the new curriculum.

To view the most recent drafts of the K–4 curriculum, please visit the links below. 
Summary overview of draft Kindergarten to Grade 4 curriculum 
o Shifts between current curriculum and future curriculum
Copies of the draft Kindergarten to Grade 4 curriculum as of December 2018 
Curriculum timeline tool

Thank you,

David Eggen
Minister of Education

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