Equilibrium School's student guidance and counselling program began in May 2013 with the goal of enhancing student learning and overall wellness at Equilibrium School. The setting of this goal resulted from a noticeably growing need for more easily accessible services relating to the addressing of student concerns, issues, and questions. Specifically, these relate to individual learning needs, personal and social challenges, future employment planning and goal setting as well as questions regarding where, how , and when to access other community and government services.
All Alberta students will now have up to double the amount of time to write diploma exams and provincial achievement tests, according to new rules that take effect this fall.
Unlike previous years when students needed to prove a medical need or other challenge to get extra writing time, any student can linger in the exam room without giving advanced notice, said Education Minister David Eggen's press secretary, Lindsay Harvey.
The government made the change in response to concerns by school administrators that arranging special accommodations in advance was becoming increasingly onerous and pulled resources away from students, she said.
"Sometimes, schools would even commission expensive psycho-educational assessments to substantiate the need for certain accommodations, sometimes just for the purpose of accessing accommodations for provincial achievement tests and diploma exams," Harvey wrote in an email.
The content or length of the tests themselves