Glossary of Commonly Used Terms and Abbreviations

Formative Assessment - ongoing assessment feedback relative to student learning submissions.

Summative Assessment - final assessment at that end of a semester or school year.

CHeS - Christian Homelearners eStreams
A community of like-minded folk who use their individual giftings to nurture Godly learning in a wide variety of contexts.

DPA - Daily Physical Activity
- no longer required but a term some teachers/families still use
Ministry-required health-inducing activity.  30 minutes per school day / 150 minutes per week

FLP - Family Learning Plan
Document prepared by students, family, and teacher detailing intended resources, goals, form(s) of assessment, course content/assignments. Same as a Student Learning Plan but lays out the courses in parallel format for easy planning.

IDS - Independent Directed Study
Secondary course that allows students to initiate, develop and complete their own courses under the supervision of a teacher.  An IDS course must be based upon the learning standards of Ministry-authorized or Board/Authority Authorized Courses.  Course design includes proposed goals, content, and form(s) of assessment.  Students will document time spent.   For every 30 hours documented the student will earn 1 course credit.  One, two, three or four credits of selected studies may be earned for each IDS course reported.

- Ministry of Education
BC's governing body for education

BC New Curriculum Learning Standards
Created by the Ministry of Education, this series of statements defines learning objectives for each grade and each subject.

Graduation Assessments
- As part of the updated graduation requirements, students in the B.C. Graduation Program will complete three provincial assessments. These assessments focus on the demonstration and application of numeracy and literacy. The assessment schedule, samples, and registration details, are all available on the MOE webiste.

SLP - Student Learning Plan
Document prepared by student, family, and teacher detailing intended resources, goals, form(s) of assessment, course content and assignments.