IA: Instructional Goals

Classification: 
I: Instruction
Code: 
IA

The instructional goals for Vancouver schools are based upon and inspired by the educational philosophy of the Board of School Trustees (the “Board”) and the goals and objectives set for the school district (see policies AD and AE).  The philosophy and goals are a consistent whole; no one goal or philosophical attitude stands in isolation from the others.  Together, they are meant to help define performance and achievement standards for learners, identify tasks to be performed by teachers to bring the Board's philosophy to life in the classrooms, and express the quest for quality and excellence that is implicit in the ideal, as well as the reality, of public education.

Instruction in Vancouver schools is, in addition to the Board's philosophy and goals, based upon requirements set by the School Act, the Regulation, and the Ministry of Education Administrative Handbook for Elementary and Secondary Schools.  It is the wish of the Board to ensure that students receive the education they are entitled to under the School Act and that the guidelines of the Minister are followed within the Vancouver school district's budgetary and physical plant limitations.  It is also the practice of the Board to enrich the district's curriculum with locally developed courses and programs, in addition to the basic program required by the Minister for all schools in the province.

Because the district is responsible for maintaining a process of student assessment that tells the professional staff how students are progressing and how instruction can be improved, the district has developed and adopted a series of student assessment policies that deal with testing, examinations, and other forms of monitoring student achievement in terms of provincial and school district requirements (see policy IL).

In addition to monitoring and assessing the achievement of individual students, it is the policy of the Board to assess instructional programs and curriculum continually and to encourage responsible innovation and change, without which no school system can remain dynamic and alive to society's changing needs.

DMT Responsibility: AS-DLS

Cross References: 
AD: Educational Philosophy; AE: School District Goals and Objectives; AFE: Evaluation of Instructional Programs; IF: Curriculum Development (and subcodes); IGA: Basic Instructional Program (and subcodes); IK: Academic Achievement (and subcodes); IL: Testing Program (and subcodes)
Adopted Date: 
Monday October 18, 1982
Revision Date: 
Aug 1990
Sep 1994