On December 7, 2016, Medicine Hat SD76 received the following letter from the Honourable Mr. David Eggen, Alberta Minister of Educaton re: New Math Supports for students and teachers:
Today I announced a set of new measures to help Alberta students with Mathematics. These changes are part of the Government’s Future Ready initiative, and our aim is to ensure students have the skills they need to succeed in their future educational and career pursuits.
We will soon be making available bursaries up to $2,000 per teacher to help cover tuition costs for post-secondary courses designed to strengthen their knowledge, skill and confidence in teaching mathematics.
These bursaries will be available to both pre-service and current teachers. Details on the bursary program are still being finalized, and Deputy Minister Clarke will be following up with you in the coming weeks with more details.
Starting in the 2018/19 school year, we will also be adjusting our provincial assessments to re-emphasize some student skills. Starting with the Mathematics 30-1 and 30-2 diploma exams, we will be re-introducing a written response component to ensure students can show their work. We will also introduce a non-calculator portion to the Grade 9 Mathematics Provincial Achievement Test.
Some of these changes were recommended by a Mathematics Review Working Group, which was made up of post-secondary and high-school math educators. Their report, including six recommendations for improving Mathematics education in Alberta, is available on our website.
Our Government is committed to building a strong future for our students and all Albertans, and I look forward to continuing to work with you to ensure our students’ math skills are part of the strong foundation for that future.