Date Approved: February 21 2014
Date Reviewed/Amended: July 19 2017
Challenge is a tool that can assess students' prior learning and can allow them to obtain credit for a grade 10, 11 or 12 course.
Challenge is a rigorous process for students who provide compelling evidence of being exceptional in a subject area and who have a high likelihood of successfully meeting the learning outcomes of a course. It is anticipated that challenge will apply to only a small number of students.
Challenge is not envisioned as a way for students to improve their course marks, nor as a replacement for the valuable experience students gain by being in a classroom setting.
Challenge is not available in the following circumstances:
Therefore the principal must first consider whether credit for the course can be granted through equivalency.
In order to be eligible to participate in the challenge process, a student must be enrolled in the School District.
Students arriving from other jurisdictions may challenge for credit where equivalency cannot be determined.
Students must demonstrate their readiness to challenge a specific course for credit. This should not be an onerous process. Indications of readiness will include:
The decision for readiness should be made by the school in consultation with the student and parents.
Students who qualify to participate in the challenge process may challenge for credit only grade 10, 11 or 12 courses. Students may challenge a course without being enrolled in grade 10, 11 or 12.
D. Assessing and Evaluating the Challenge
The assessment and evaluation of a challenge should reflect the range and depth of the prescribed learning outcomes for the course and could include:
The assessment and evaluation strategies should include more than a single activity and should involve a process over time.
Each department as required will develop a Challenge Framework for assessing and evaluating a student's ability to meet the prescribed learning outcomes.
The assessment and evaluation strategy should be established jointly by administrator, department head or designate, counsellor, challenge student and their parents. The final decision shall rest with the Principal.
The assessment and evaluation strategy must be completed at least two weeks prior to the first reporting period for the course.
Challenging Courses with Provincial Examinations
Students may challenge courses with a provincial examination according to the following procedures:
1160-30 – Equivalency for Credit Grade 11 and 12 Regulation