B.C. students taking provincial exams today will find themselves doing a lot less writing than they had planned.
The provincial government announced this afternoon that the essay portions of today’s English 10 and Social Studies 11 exams have been removed.
The multiple choice questions on both exams will still need to be completed, as will one Written Response Question in the English 10 exam.
In an email to Superintendents across the province, they said the decision was taken after “concerns raised by a number of Superintendents related to quality and validity of the marking”.
The labor relations board ruled earlier this month that provincial exams for Grades 10 through 12 were essential services that teaching staff had to oversee.
However, concerns persisted that there weren’t enough qualified instructors who could mark the exams.
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Vancouver School Board chair Patti Bacchus says “the whole situation is frustrating.”
“They made these essential services, but they didn’t seem to think how these things could be accurately marked. I don’t think it’s really fair for kids who are weaker on multiple choice when they clearly perform better on written response. We have politicians making policy, which is really not fair to kids.”
Students unhappy with the change can take the cancelled portions of the exam electronically during the November 2014 session.
But Bacchus says it will cause problems for many students who need their marks in order this summer.
“To me, it’s really putting the validity and integrity of the whole process into the question.”
Provincial Essay Outline 1:
Canadas identity and its role in international aﬀairs (1914-2000)
(Page numbers based on the textbook Counterpoint)
(CEF, RFC) (26, 35): Prime Minister Borden initially oﬀered Britain 25000troops, but more than 30000 volunteers from across Canada signed up. 320000 ill-preparedCanadian and Newfoundland troops set sail for England. They began to develop a nationalidentity. CEF would be integrated into the British units; however, the CEF maintained itsindependence for much of the war.
Imperial Munitions Board
(27, 36): Sam Hughes created the Shell Committee (27). PrimeMinister Borden replaced the Shell Committee with the more eﬃcient Imperial Munitions Board,building ships, airplanes, and shells to ﬁll the huge orders in England and Belgium. Resourcessuch as lumber, nickel, copper, lead, Canadian wheat and beef were also in high demand (36).(The scarcity caused the domestic price to rice)
(2nd Ypres, Somme, Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele) (31, 32): 6000 killed in Ypres, 24000casualties, 75% of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment killed in Somme, Canadian troop in VimyRidge under Julian Byng. Stunning victory marked a Canadian milestone, and Canadians tookgreat pride in the success. Canadian General Arthur Currie brought increasingly independentCanadian point of view in Passchendaele. Victory cost 15000 Canadian lives.
Paris Peace Conference
(43, 45): Prime Minister Borden fought successfully for Canada tohave its own seat at the Paris Peace Conference not having been represented by Britain (43). Healso fought hard to have Canada became a member of the newly formed League of Nations(45).
(RCN, RCAF, BCATP) (103, 104, 111, 113, 114): No trouble ﬁnding volunteers.British Commonwealth Air Training Plan was a major Canadian contribution to the war eﬀort,trained over 130000 aircrews (104). Canada built small warships, called corvette (111). By 1945,RCN had 400 vessels and over 1000000 sailors. 250000 Canadians joined RCAF, participated inbombing raids in Britain, North Africa, Italy, Northwest Europe, and Southeast Asia (113). 10000bombers crew lost their lives (114).
(Atlantic, Dieppe, D-Day & Liberation, Air) (110, 116, 118): Dieppe was a terrible failure.Casualties were high. Provide experience for Allies later successful invasion (110). Canadiansoldier participated in the Allies invasion of Sicily (116). After a successful D-Day invasion,Canadians were given a separate task to liberate the Netherlands (118).
: Canada provided major military and economic support to the Allies. The value ofgoods it produced rose from $5.6 billion in 1939 to $11.8 billion in 1945. Financial aid amountedto $3.4 billion. Canada was known as the Arsenal of democracy. (125)
: Canadas enormous contribution to the war, in both human and economic terms, gaveit a new role on the world stage. Just a few years before, Canada had been a colony in theBritish Empire; Canadians were major players in the global conﬂict. They had built the worldsthird-largest navy and fourth-largest air force (128).
For the Cold War
(NATO, NORAD, Korean War) (133-136, 138): In 1949, Canada joined theNorth Atlantic Treaty Organization, whose members are militarily bundled together (133). To
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